KAYSVILLE -- As an avid golfer, Evan Teshima has a special interest in his own company.
Teshima, the chief operating officer of Golf Compete, was one of five presenters during Wednesday's Entrepreneur "Crowdpitch" Event. Five young companies had seven minutes to present their business. Four minutes were for the main pitch, while the remaining three were reserved for a question-and-answer session.
Following their presentations, the companies received expert investor advice and feedback.
"I wasn't really nervous because I really believe in our company and I have a personal connection to it," said Teshima, whose company won the event.
Noting that 50 percent of tee times go unused, Golf Compete helps courses optimize tee times by allowing golfers to set a tee time online while inviting other golfers to join them.
The event was hosted by the NorthFront Entrepreneur Alliance and organized by Lendio.
The five members of the expert panel, as well as other investors, entrepreneurs and spectators in attendance, were given Lendio dough play money, to give to the company of their choice. Golf Compete brought in the most money and was the winner of the crowd pitch by a slight margin over Ticket Cake, an online company that offers a paperless ticketing service for small and mid-sized venues.
Other companies included Load Tamer, which sells an insert for backpacks that pulls the weight of the books to the student's back, Klymit, which uses argon gas as insulation in clothing, and PlanetGear, an online retailer offering private sales for premier outdoor apparel, gear and travel destinations.
"I was looking for a combination of talent and uniqueness," said Brad Angus, president of Setpoint Systems Inc., and a member of the panel. "What's interesting is there is always something new."
As the winner, Golf Complete gets free access to Lendio's website for a year. Lendio has a network of small business lenders and private lenders and is designed to help people get ready for funding and loans.