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AltCap Business Competition for KCMO Enterpreneurs

The Winners of the AltCap Your Business Competition

Here they are: the winners of the first AltCap Your Business Competition.

Just a few weeks ago, applicants submitted a brief 2-minute pitch video and completed an online application. AltCap judges selected the top 11 finalists who then created a business proposal, provided financials and shared their personal story.

Below, the top three winners:

Overall Winner, 1st Place


Hostel KC opened in 2014 and offers centrally located, clean, safe, and affordable accommodation for travelers in Kansas City.

“Our mission is to cultivate a purpose driven community of awesome travelers. Our guests are community driven, both locally and globally. The impact our guests have while here is huge maybe not in numbers, but in heart and passion. Each person impacts our fair city in some special way, whether it’s the purchase of a coffee, or taking their experience of KC and sharing it with the world. Hostel KC is doing our part to let the world know how great Kansas City is.”- Brittain Kovac, Chief Nomad

2nd Place



Rightfully Sewnwill provide seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for affordable, high-quality, American-produced garments.

“Studies have shown that without community support for women with barriers to employment, 67 percent will relapse to their harmful situations within three years. We will provide them with a chance to learn a re-emerging, meaningful trade that pays a living wage.” - Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer, Founder

3rd Place

Drone Finder is a platform for clients to connect with drone operators.

“My aha moment and passion was ignited when my father needed aerial services for progress photos of one of his larger jobs, and I noticed we had local Drone Operators but none of them were easy to find. I knew with my web development and business experience I could build a site that would benefit both the Clients and Drone Operators and make life easier for both. Six months of progress have gone into the website, and with as much positive reinforcement that has been given from Drone Operators, I know that Drone Finder is a valuable and worthy platform that is waiting to explode.” - Brandon Presley, Founder and CEO

U. S. Bank and Cerner Corporation were co-sponsors of the competition. The overall winner will receive $5,000, 2nd place will receive $1,000 and 3rd, $500. The top three businesses will all receive a scholarship toward tuition to the WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities) 16-Week Workshop:How to Build a Growing Profitable Business.

All participants are welcome and encouraged to register for AltCap's WIBO 16-Week Workshop.To learn more, visit our website at: http://www.alt-cap.org/economic-empowerment

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