Originally posted online on Nov. 20, 2015 by Tony Quesada – Editor-in-Chief, San Antonio Business Journal
A s Entrepreneurship Month rolls on, it’s great to see that spirit alive and growing among some of San Antonio’s brightest — and youngest.
Business Journal reporter Kristen Mosbrucker this week told us about the Trinity University students behind Confadent Chewing Gum, a startup that won the school’s recent business pitch contest — and $25,000. Confadent co-founder Cole Evans said the company is working to sell its gum, which it describes as having dental benefits, as a private-label product to hotels and the military.
They make a compelling case for how their product makes sense for both markets. Of course, they have a long way to go and a lot of obstacles yet to overcome, but they appear to have a foundation that is built partially on sound academic fundamentals and the rest on ingenuity and — dare I say — gumption.
Confadent and the other teams that pitched a diverse array of viable business models during the on-campus competition are a testament to Trinity’s focus on instilling entrepreneurship — and on the program’s leader, Luis Martinez, director of the university’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The immediate goal of Confadent is to conduct a clinical trial in an effort to gain traction from dentists and to order 300,000 pieces of the product from their contract manufacturer to jump-start the startup’s sales debt free.