Real Time Rehab Wins Spirit Award

Real Time Rehab, founded by Jeremy Green, was the $30,000 grand-prize winner of Mayor Kathy Taylor’s 2009 Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Winners were announced Nov. 17 during a ceremony at Tulsa Community College’s Center for Creativity, Ninth Street and Boston Avenue.
Green was awarded the cash from SpiritBank and a one-year lease in The Collaboratorium, the entrepreneurial accelerator occupying the 10th floor of 111 W. Fifth St.
The idea for Real Time Rehab was born when Green was in physical therapy school and a professor asked, “How can we improve physical therapy?”
Green left school to found his business, which provides therapists and practitioners the ability to create for their patients customized rehabilitation programs on DVD.
Green plans to use the funds to hire salespeople, who can help get his product into the hands of doctors, therapists and clinicians nationwide.
Second place and $5,000 from SpiritBank went to Brett Baker and Carey Dunkin-Baker, founders of Part-Time Pros, an employment placement agency that matches degreed, experienced professionals with part-time or contract work. Third place and $2,500 went to Cog Togs Inc., a social Web site for youngsters founded by siblings Shawna Sims, Jeff Johnson and Melinda Ryan.
Libby and Jeremy Auld, owners of Eloté Café & Catering, a “fresh Mex” restaurant downtown at 514 S. Boston Ave., received a new award, dubbed the “Skunk Whisperer Award” after 2007’s third-place winner, Ned Bruha.
Although he didn’t win any money, Bruha has been a vocal proponent for the award process and its benefits for participating entrepreneurs.
“I keep hearing, ‘There are three winners. There are three winners,’” Bruha said before announcing the award’s recipient. “Everyone who entered and did not get to this point is still a winner.”
A “judges’ choice” award of sorts, the Skunk Whisperer Award grants Eloté connection to all of the Spirit Award’s judges and coaches for six months, access to The Collaboratorium’s resources and a one-on-one “visually driven business game plan” with Sean Griffin, Spirit Award chair and visual thinker.
Mayor Kathy Taylor, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, announced TCC will take on the responsibility of continuing the Spirit Award next year and in years to come.
The Spirit Award was founded after Taylor and a handful of others visited the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, an agency dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, in Kansas City, Mo. Taylor said she recognized an entrepreneurial spirit in Tulsa and wanted to provide more opportunities for locals to start and grow businesses.
“We wanted to see if we could literally birth more businesses in Tulsa,” she said.
All of this year’s winners acknowledged and thanked Taylor, Griffin, SpiritBank representatives and the coaches and judges who helped them throughout the process.
Taylor encouraged everyone at the public event to patronize the businesses that entered the competition, calling them all winners.



Was this article helpful?

Related Articles

Leave A Comment?