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Congratulations to the
Start Something Challenge Champions!

First Place & $10,000
Omar Ruffin - Biarte Biker Gear Corporation

The BIKER-SOC by Biarte Biker Gear Corporation, is a protective shoe cover for motorcycle riders that protects the rider's shoes from scuffs and abrasions. It's available in seven different colors, in 4 sizes (S,M,L,XL), that can also be customized. We want to not only protect rider's shoes, but their lives as well. Along with a partnership with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (M.S.F.) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), we are committed to educating and promoting rider safety, especially to young cyclist.

Second Place & $7,500
Angela Huggins - Angel Hugs 4 All

I teach children ages 4-17 how to create handcrafted cloth dolls and doll cloths. I also teach them how to make the clothes for the dolls and furniture for them to proudly display their creations.

Third Place & $5,000
Myani Lawson - Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School

Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School is a dual-language (Spanish/English) preschool and kindergarten center, dedicated to providing an affordable high-quality education to its students.

Congratulations to the SSC Finalists!

All finalists will receive an iPad at the 4th Annual Start Something Champions Gala to help move their business ideas forward.

Tina Bologna
- Just Jersey
(Arts, Crafts & Entertainment)

Dawn McLaughlin - Positively Publishing Kids
(Arts, Crafts & Entertainment)

Crystal Jones - Loving Patient Advocacy Group
(Public, Social & Health)

Karla Jimenez Moreno - Caidas del Cielo Bakery Adventure

Adrienne Fudge - Meals Express

Kenneth Pickett - Think Forward Innovations, LLC
(Other Professional Services)

Jennifer Henry - HillPoint Preparatory
(Other Professional Services)





Start Something Challenge Semi-finalists

Fashion & Beauty
Celeste Munford - J. Lexi, LLC
Aissatou Ndiaye - Tukulor by Naissa
Farah Nerette - Butter + Nectar
Nia Reid-Allen - Myrtle&Flossie

Arts, Crafts & Entertainment
Aria McKenna - Revolution Earth
Melissa Buesing Glick - The Lucky Honeybee
Raquel Rodriguez-Fadraga - New Heights Art Supply
Julianna Rodriguez - Rabbit Hole Gallery

Vance Lavington - Not Just Cookies
Stephanie Macias Arlington - Cauli Grains
Abraham Dickerson - Abe Foods
Julio Leiva - Cafe Presto, LLC

Other Professional Services
Howard Jones - The Pet Channel
Robert Lewis - Black Belt Christian Academy
James Young - Jiggy Games LLC
Richard Ware - Professional Computer Solutions Inc.

Public, Social & Health
Rashmi Rawtani - Phoenix Rising Marketing LLC
Fatimah Williams Castro, Ph.D. - Beyond the Tenure Track
Karen Blumenfeld - Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy
Jermaine Terry - Headbanger Fitness

The 2015 People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award of $1,000 will be awarded at Rising Tide Capital's 4th Annual Start Something Champions Gala on November 5, to the finalist that received the largest amount of audience votes during the Start Something Challenge Grand Finale on July 28.

Winners of the Start Something Challenge are not eligable for this award.


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