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UMSL Entrepreneur Quest winners

Winners of the UMSL Entrepreneur Quest competition, held March 19, 2019, were, from left, Tim Bragg and Bailee Warsing of Singular Construction Automation, Letisha Wexstten of HireMe and Alexander Zvibleman of Seize the Bean. (Photo by Ala Kehoe for UMSL)

A hiring platform for people with disabilities, a coffee shop and a construction automation firm won a student entrepreneur competition this week at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

HireMe, founded by student Letisha Wexsttenwon the Entrepreneur Quest top prize of $15,000. It's an online platform that helps people showcase their skills while educating employers about their disabilities.

Second place and $10,000 went to Seize the Bean, founded by Alexander Zvibleman. He wants to open a coffee shop and gathering space on Natural Bridge Road and told judges it would improve UMSL's campus culture.

Third place and $5,000 went to Singular Construction Automation, which plans to produce remote-controlled machines for concrete cleaning, sealing and painting. Its founders are Tim Bragg and Bailee Warsing.

UMSL's winners, which were announced Tuesday, go on to compete April 5 against winners from University of Missouri campuses in Columbia, Kansas City and Rolla. The top three systemwide winners will get an additional $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000.

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