A Georgia Southern College Enterprise Innovation Group (BIG) shopper and Statesboro-based enterprise gained $2,500 and claimed the runner-up spot on the 2023 GRIT Convention Startup Stage Pitch Competitors held in January.
Whiskey Grail, a enterprise co-owned by Georgia Southern alumnus and entrepreneur Jim Walker and Statesboro entrepreneur Adam Tsang, provides handmade, American white oak consuming vessels with a charred inside designed to imitate the barrels the place bourbon whiskey ages. Every grail is hand-crafted by professional artisans in BIG’s Fabrication Lab (FabLab) in downtown Statesboro.
Walker and Tsang, who began the enterprise in November 2020, represented certainly one of six start-up ventures chosen from a bunch of 31 candidates to ship their pitch to the competitors’s 5 judges on the Inventive Coast’s annual innovation convention. The panel included enterprise capitalists and angel traders Invoice Glenn, Julianne Roseman, Steve Perricone, Jim Goodlet and Invoice Nussey.
“It’s extremely validating to the work that each of us have put in over the previous two years,” stated Tsang on the crew’s accomplishment.
These sentiments have been echoed by Catherine Blake, enterprise advisor at BIG and the crew’s coach within the BIGx Accelerator Program, which works to mentor and put together purchasers to efficiently search investor funding for his or her enterprise.
“The efficiency of crew Whiskey Grail is an instance of BIG’s dedication to shopper excellence and the vitality and entrepreneurial spirit of those wonderful founders,” stated Blake.
Together with varied in-kind providers, Whiskey Grail plans to make use of the money prize to make use of for investing in manufacturing processes and capturing a bigger market share of their business.