The Stage is Set for the Final Event of the Inaugural North Texas Business Pitch Contest on November 20

Four Finalists, Celebrity Judges Announced for Live Pitch Event at the DEC's West End Headquarters

Nov 7, 2014

DALLAS, Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) today announced the four finalists and panel of celebrity judges to appear at the grand finale event of the $50,000 North Texas Business Pitch Contest sponsored by Comerica Bank. The live "final four" pitch event will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the DEC (311 North Market Street in the West End), and will conclude with one entrepreneur receiving a $50,000 unrestricted grant from Comerica Bank.

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The four finalist contestants, who were selected by a combination of more than 6,600 social media votes and a second round of judging from a panel consisting of DEC and Comerica executives, as well as executives from the local investment community, are:

Glass Media Inc. (Dallas, TX; winner of the social media popular vote), who developed a patent-pending, cloud-based, digital projection technology product for storefront glass and point of sale applications.

LiveWire (Fort Worth, TX), a curated online marketplace designed to connect consumers with vetted and publically reviewed tax preparers, accountants and financial planners by phone and video.

Rollout (Dallas, TX), a technology provider whose patent-pending, cloud-based digital product aims to eliminate the need for architecture, engineering and construction firms to print hard-copy blueprints.

XOcur (Irving, TX), a software developer whose cloud computing optimization platform aims to cut through the complexity and confusion of choosing cloud solutions and increase cost efficiencies for companies.

The local celebrity judges who will help select one grand prize winner on November 20 are:

Fleetwood Hicks, Entrepreneur; president/ founder of Villy Custom and ABC Shark Tank Season 3 contestant.

David Johnson, Business Analyst, KRLD 1080 NewsRadio.

Terra Saunders, Entrepreneur; owner/ head designer, Waitressville Uniforms and Dallaswear Uniforms.

Natalie Solis, Anchor, KDFW FOX 4 News.

Attendance at the November 20 event is on a first-come, first-serve basis at the DEC, and as space allows. General public can register to attend at the following link: http://bit.ly/50klivepitch. For members of the media, please contact krtarrance@comerica.com for reserved press seating.

About the Dallas Entrepreneur Center
The DEC serves entrepreneurs in North Texas, providing them a central hub where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses. Facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship and 'giving before you get', the DEC connects new and old entrepreneurs with a vibrant, collaborative environment. Providing the right tools and resources along with a ripe environment for growth, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center helps entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their business while also working to showcase Dallas as a leader in entrepreneurship in the country.

About Comerica
Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $68.9 billion at September 30, 2014. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ.

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SOURCE Comerica Bank

For further information: Comerica Bank, Kyle Tarrance, 214.462.6669, krtarrance@comerica.com; Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Trey Bowles, 917.362.4231, trey@thedec.co


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