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Originally posted online on July 22, 2015 by Mike W. Thomas – Reporter for the San Antonio Business Journal


W hat’s in a name? That was one of the questions one young entrepreneur from Trinity University had for the audience at One Million Cups on July 22 at Cafe Commerce.

The sophomore business student is launching Confadent Chewing Gum, a company that will market a private label chewing gum aimed at business travelers. They are looking to cut deals with hotels, resorts and airline companies to distribute their product, which they say will be a premium chewing gum with dental hygiene benefits.

Confadent Chewing Gum is a premium oral care technology created to conveniently keep your mouth clean and healthy throughout your busy day

Cole Evans is working with a manufacturer in Maryland to produce an initial order of 300,000 packages of gum that they will use in a beta test with several local hotels. The idea is that the hotels will buy the gum, put their own name on it and provide it to guests when they check in.

Confadent was a finalist earlier this year in the first Stumberg Business Plan Competition at Trinity and was awarded a $5,000 grant to help develop their business model. They will compete later this year for the grand prize of $25,000.

Luis Martinez, director of the entrepreneurship program at Trinity, said they accepted 43 new students into the program this year and are working with them to innovate and bring new ideas to market.

“Our goal is to have them develop into real companies and make progress toward establishing a product and developing a customer base,” Martinez said. “Programs such as One Million Cups provide an excellent opportunity for them to vet their ideas and get advice from other successful entrepreneurs.”

Mike W. Thomas covers technology/telecom, military, finance, regulatory issues as well as nonprofits/education.