This years Miller Lite Tap the Future featured five teams of entrepreneurs pitching their business in an effort to win $20,000 at the live pitch event. Teams took the stage at Opera Night Club to impress the audience and a panel of renowned judges, including Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

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Two teams from Georgia, two teams from Tennessee, and one team from Wisconsin presented their ideas, but at the end it was Stephen Vlahos and Tripp Stanford who swept away the judges with Bellhops. This business from Chattanooga, TN utilizes innovative technology to hire energetic and charismatic college students to provide an affordable and comfortable local moving experience. Pending background check, Vlahos and Stanford will receive $20,000 for their business and advance to the final round of Miller Lite Tap the Future to compete for the grand prize of $200,000.

Daymond John states,” Technology, Social Media and Online is where Business is going.. brick and mortar is slowing down and we still have people that need to touch and feel.. but we all have to learn about these drastic changes in technology”.

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“YOU NEED A MENTOR, most Entrepreneurs that are successful have one or more mentors.. it should not be someone that is financially invested into your business..”, says Daymond.

The other teams that competed were: Bankmybiz (Madison, WI), Your Safe Box (Tucker, GA), Soberdough (Nashville, TN), Signature Elite (Conyers, GA).

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In addition to Daymond John, the judging panel included Marve Frazier, chief creative officer of Moguldom Media Group and CEO of Bossip.com, Lauren Miller, co-owner of Excelegrade, and Joseph Hudson, experienced business developer, community planner, strategist and organizational designer who leads the new voices in the articulation of new approaches for business development. The remaining Miller Lite Tap the Future semifinalists are scheduled to present their ideas in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Miami later in June and July. People can RSVP at MLTaptheFuture.com.

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