Eco-friendly cleaning and clothing companies took home top prizes at this year’s annual CU Launch competition.
Last week, eight Concordia teams from the CUAA and CUW campuses participated in the culmination of the month-long CU Launch program by pitching their business ventures to a panel of judges. The winner of the undergraduate category was Skyler Moyer, while Alex Jackson took home the top prize for the graduate/employee category.
Skyler Moyer claimed the prize money for Stain Stoppers, a veteran-owned carpet and upholstery cleaning company that also offers stain protection, odor elimination, and carpet/upholstery disinfection services at reasonable prices.
“As a Christian company, we place a high value on family,” says Moyer, an Army veteran who is currently enrolled in the pre-seminary program at CUW. “That’s why we keep families safe by utilizing incredibly safe cleaning solutions that continue to clean even after we’re gone.”
Stain Stoppers’ products are:
The company’s specific methods will never de-laminate carpet, cause wicking, leave brown marks, shrink carpet, or damage stain-resistant carpet. Plus, dry times only take 1-2 hours, as opposed to days.
“For most jobs, you simply don’t need all those harsh chemicals and rough techniques to achieve superior results,” says Moyer. “It may take a little more elbow grease, but the safety of it is worth it.”
In the graduate category, Alex Jackson took first place for his business h Clothing Co., which exists to minimize the material impact of clothing and textiles by creating and providing 100% natural products from a closed-loop production process with a lifetime repair guarantee.
By using business as a tool to further environmental and social causes, the company maximizes its social impact and educates the market on the benefits of locally, ethically, and naturally sourced clothing and textiles.
“Everything we create has an impact on the planet and its many forms of life,” says Jackson. “Our vision is to bring back intention, ethics, durability, and longevity into everyday clothing that creates value for wearers, creators, and the environment.”
In addition to Jackson and Moyer, the following individuals participated in this year’s pitch competition:
- Travis Wright | A.A. Invest – Investment vehicles based on high-value tennis shoes
- Seneca Miller | NúChic Cosmetics – Customizable makeup palettes that use sustainable and safe materials
- Matt Fischer | Proteingenix – Protein supplements delivered in a gummy format
- Kali Thiel | The Blonket – A multifunctional blanket that specializes in wind-blocking protection
- Daniel Lowitz | Ombo Club – Custom stickers for communicating identity
- Emma Fritz | Joyful Foundation – A unique food pantry serving Ozaukee County
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