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CSU-Pueblo Business Plan Winners Announced for Annual Pueblo Entrepreneurship Competition

Local celebrity venture capitalist sharks ate up the business plan ideas from student and adult entrepreneurs alike, who benefitted from a competition sponsored by the Healy Center in the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Junior Achievement. The final negotiations were held and awards announced on April 5 in CSU-Pueblo’s Massari Arena.  Capitalists for the competition were Sean McCarthy, Jim Stilwell representing DD Marketing, Josh Wilcoxson, and Michaela Gallina. 

CSU-Pueblo’s Healy Center played host for the adult competition, open to anyone, anywhere, as long as the business is opened and operated in Pueblo County.  Nearly 100 people registered for the contest, and The Hand Truck Company was among five of the entries that were selected as finalists.

Local entrepreneur and founder of The Hand Truck Company, Judy Kochevar, along with her partner and inventor, Richard Cortese, walked away with $50,000 in start-up funding from local venture capitalist Sean McCarthy. Their patent-pending hand truck has moveable handles shafts that cause the wheels to pivot, allowing the hand truck to move side-to-side, in addition to the normal forward and back directions.

In the student division, Centennial High School Junior Cindy Dou claimed the top prize of $1,000 cash and a $4,000 scholarship to the Hasan School of Business in the student competition hosted by Junior Achievement for her Help Kids Learn online tutoring plan.