Torrance, CA (November 20, 2015) — On Thursday, November 19, the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center presented “Innovation Matters Entrepreneur Expo and Tiger Tank Competition” at the Toyota Meeting Hall in Torrance. The event, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrated in over 140 countries, showcased successful local businesses, as well as future high school and college entrepreneurs.

The event started with a warm introduction from Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, who was accompanied by City Councilmembers Tim Goodrich, Mike Griffiths, and Kurt Weideman. Keynote speaker Shafat Qazi, CEO of BQE Software, explained how he built his company using his passion to solve a problem he was experiencing himself. A panel of leaders from South Bay companies shared how they built their companies with innovation, passion and determination. Presenters included Mr. Qazi from BQE, Rich Marcello from Strand Brewing Co., David Meizlik from Sage Goddess, Mark Koesterer from Sports Studio and David Landon from Systems Technology Inc.

“We are pleased that Mayor Furey and the council members could join us to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Gary Polk, Executive Director of the SBEC. “The companies that participated all contribute to the growth of the South Bay’s economy and create jobs. Their passion motivates us all to work hard to build and grow even more.”

In the second half of the program, the “Tiger Tank Competition”, high school and college teams pitched their businesses to the panelists. Petscorts, presented by Port of Los Angeles (POLA) High School students, offered a local pet rental service that saved pets from shelters. Prosthe Kicks, from CA Academy of Math & Science (CAMS) High School, offered a motivational dance & fitness program for the disabled. Two teams from CSU, Dominguez Hills faced off in the college division. Prestige Business Consulting pitched their services to help support and grow immigrant and women-owned businesses. Fast Foodie showcased their food truck concept for breakfast foods served late night, in the morning or on game days near college campuses around Los Angeles. Taking the win in the high school division was Prosthekicks and in the college division was Fast Foodie. Each wins a scholarship to SBEC’s incubator program, valued at over $2500 each.

About SBEC
The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center was formed as a public-benefit 501 (c) (3) corporation in 2011 by a group of civic and business leaders in the South Bay. The SBEC’s purpose is to assist startups and emerging growth companies by providing education, resources, networking, coaching, mentoring, funding avenues and a supportive collaborative environment – to nurture and grow ideas into reality. A seasoned mentor team of professionals, first-class physical facilities and diversified training & advising programs give the entrepreneurs a strong foundation to grow their organizations and feel confident that they will have an excellent opportunity to be successful. For more information please contact the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center located at 1215 Via El Prado, Torrance, CA (562) 688-2709.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.