As I started out as an entrepreneur in my early 20s, I am intrigued by young entrepreneurial talent.
I recently came across the story of a 21-year-old man who built the successful oral technology company, CONFADENT. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Founder & President Cole Evans and his team have invented and developed a cutting edge oral care product, in the form of an everyday chewing gum!
With FDA approved active ingredients, CONFADENT’s exclusive chewing gum is devised to whiten one’s teeth, aid in the reduction of the bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis while maintaining ultra-fresh peppermint flavor.
The idea behind CONFADENT is genius. Being an entrepreneur who is constantly on the go myself, this product is brilliant! Taking care of yourself is an important part of being a successful entrepreneur, and this includes always being ready to talk the talk without having to worry about the little things, like bad breath. Confidence is everything - especially in the early stages!
One of the reasons I am so impressed by Evans is his drive to make CONFADENT a reality. Evans began his entrepreneurial journey as a Business School student enrolled in the Entrepreneurship program at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
In November of 2015, CONFADENT competed in the school’s business plan competition, winning the grand prize of $30,000 over many other graduate and undergraduate students. After this big win, Evans kept working. CONFADENT took their talents to a national stage at the Cupid’s Cup Competition, which was hosted by the Founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank.
Upon competing against 550 other applicants, CONFADENT was chosen among six other companies to present live on CNBC to a business-star-studded panel including some very successful entrepreneurs such as Dan Gilbert (CEO, Quicken Loans) and Ariana Huffington (Founder, Huffington Post). Hard-working Evans was then awarded with the esteemed Kevin Plank’s Cupid’s Cup Entrepreneur of the Year cash prize award.
This is a young entrepreneur that has a hunger to do more. Passion and drive are imperative when running a successful business and it is apparent Evans shows both qualities.
As I have said many times before, success also arises from knowing how to delegate well. Evans has surrounded himself with an expertly specialized executive team to maintain the strength and momentum of the business.
I’m looking forward to what’s in store next for CONFADENT and other young entrepreneurs alike.
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.