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 Wexstten, won 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.