Stargazer Inn and Bristlecone Outfitters of Baker, Nevada, won the second Rural Nevada Startup Pitch Competition, which took place virtually on Nov. 5. The Stargazer Inn and Bristlecone Outfitters, represented by Liz Woolsey, earned the top $2,500 prize, as well as entry into StartUpNV’s AngelNV Startup Competition for a chance to win $200,000, according to a Nov. 10 press release from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prize money was provided by Nevada Gold Mines, NV Energy, NNRDA, NNDA, Battle Born Fund, and SBDC, with additional awards coming from StartUpNV, Regarding Sales and the Audacity Institute. “I would like to congratulate Liz Woolsey for putting together the winning pitch,” Patty Herzog, GOED Director of Rural Economic and Community Development, said in a statement. “This is the second year for rural pitch day and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nevada that includes mentorship, access to capital and an opportunity to network among competitors continues to grow.” According to GOED, each company had five minutes to make their pitch and then answered questions from judges for five minutes. Located in White Pine County, the Stargazer Inn and Bristlecone Outfitters will use the funds to provide a general supply store and lodging for hikers and campers exploring the Great Basin National Park. Big Timber Industries in Spring Creek, represented by Billy Sage Williams, earned $1,500 for second place and the $250 Audience Choice Award. Big Timber Industries delivers firewood all over rural Nevada. This company cuts downed trees in burned areas and delivers directly to customers homes providing convenience at a reduced price compared to other companies. AOE Greens in Carson City, represented by Taylor Parrish, earned $250 for third place and Founder Doctor prize from Audacity Institute. AOE Greens has a patented aquaculture system for growing quick, high value crops for restaurants. New for this year’s contest, a youth track funded by Nevada Gold Mines was added for rural students in grades 8-12. KrafterK in Spring Creek, represented by Kycin Manzanares, earned $2,500 for first place. KrafterK is a 3-D printing business that manufactures a personalized product that fits on a miner’s tool belt providing easier access to tools. Zander Professionals in Spring Creek, represented by Zander Heit, earned $1,500 for second place. Zander Professionals offers mobile auto and truck detailing for individuals and companies. Howell’s Homemade Cookies in Spring Creek, represented by Christina Howell, earned $1,000 for third place. Howell’s Homemade Cookies are delicious cookies made with top quality ingredients for parties and to give as gifts.
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