Cox Blue’s Get Started Orange County competition is organized to encourage entrepreneurs to pitch their start-ups. Judges included Timothy Howe, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Investments for Cox Enterprises, Inc.; Peter Polydor, CEO and Founder of ERGO Capital and the startup accelerator Ergo Accel; Carolyn Stephens, Associate Director and Chief of Staff, UCI Applied Innovation, Kim Kovacs, Finance, Startup and Business Leader, and Don DiCostanzo, Co-Founder and CEO, Pedego Electric Bicycles.

Cox’s procedures must be followed to be considered for entry to this race and SmartBeanTM was one of over 50 local companies that qualified.

Today, we learned that Lisa Nguyen’s pitch on SmartBeanTM’s business won a spot as one of 5 finalists in the competition. The final presentations are set for May 23rd at The House of Blues in Anaheim. We are excited.