Eco-friendly business beat out nine other competitors to make it to the top three

Despite tough competition from the other nine startup companies, Green Grazer Goats munched into the No. 1 position to win the Emerging Enterprise Center’s Swim with the Sharks Video Pitch Competition, according to a press release.

Now in its fifth year, the contest comes with a Grand Prize totaling over $22,000 in cash and services.

Located in Lincoln University, Pa., Green Grazer Goats is an eco-friendly farming operation that works hard to turn problem areas into manageable property, efficiently clearing areas of noxious weeds and brush without the need for human labor, heavy equipment, dangerous chemicals, and at about half the cost.

With their clear vision and plan, Kalyn Butt and Kevin Connor convinced the judges that they had a viable business, according to the release.

Of her business, Butt said there are only 30 like it in the country, putting her at the forefront of the emerging business locally.

“The way I see it, this goat thing is going to take off whether I’m part of it or not, so I’m going to be the one that makes it happen," she said.

For the first time, the Emerging Enterprise Center, Delaware’s first small business incubator partnered with New Castle County Government, as well as multiple sponsors, to offer its largest ever prize package which included:

• Cash prize of $14,500

• $3,125 in legal services from Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

• $2,500 in professional services from William Humphreys & Co

• $2,500 in professional services from Placers

• 6 month membership in the Emerging Enterprise Center Virtual Incubation Program (valued at $1,800)

• New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Package (valued at $1,400)

• One year membership in New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (valued at $350)

The competition required participants to submit a three-minute video pitch showcasing their company and describing how their prize package will be used to grow their business.

The three finalists pitched live before a jury composed of judges from the entrepreneurial and business community. Judging was based on multiple criteria, including clarity of message and vision, value proposition and feasibility of business concept.

The two other finalists were DEact Medical Solutions of Newark and Drone Workforce Solutions of Wilmington, both of which also impressed the judges with their forward thinking innovations, according to the release.

All three finalists received prize packages.

Videos of all the submissions can be seen on Emerging Enterprise Center Website.