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Non-Profit Combatting International Childhood Malnutrition Wins Startup Competition

Socially Minded Startup, MANA Nutrition, Wins Weekly National Competition; Three New Contestants Are Announced

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream Big America, the first-ever live nationally syndicated radio show pitting startup business ventures against each other, and broadcast on Doug Stephan's Good Day Show (www.dougstephan.com) each Tuesday at 9:10 am EST, announces MANA Nutrition as this week's winner.

Mark Moore, CEO of MANA Nutrition (www.mananutrition.org), won this past week's competition, securing a spot in the December 31st Finals Show. MANA produces ready-to-use therapeutic food derived from peanuts for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Roughly three servings of MANA a day for six weeks can save the life of a child suffering from (SAM).

This month's competition highlights past finalists and semi-finalists from Get In The Ring: The American Startup Clash (www.kauffman.org) competition. Founded by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Get In The Ring gives America's most exceptional entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete against founders from across the country and around the world. 

"Get In The Ring perfectly aligns with our mission at Dream Big America," explained Doug Stephan. "Each Tuesday we showcase the amazing entrepreneurs in the country, and give them a chance to share their story with America. We're excited to further the reach and exposure for these startups."

The upcoming December 10th show features three new Get In The Ring finalists and semi-finalists including Drazil Foods, International ThermoDyne and REPP. The Expert Panelist for this round will be Jochem Cuppen, Program Manager for the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Drazil Foods (www.drazilfoods.com), presented by Founder and CEO Christine Wheeler, is the first ready-to-drink herbal tea for kids. Drazil Kids Tea provides a healthy alternative to conventional, sugary soda products. 

International ThermoDyne (www.itlthermodyne.com), presented by Principal Tim Risser, is revolutionizing the way we create and use power. Their lead product, PowerFelt, is a cloth that provides portable, inexpensive, renewable electricity, extending battery life by 15-20 percent.

REPP (www.myrepp.com), presented by CEO and Co-Founder Michael Bergman, is an identity and background verification and management platform for individuals and online service providers.

Dream Big America (www.DreamBigAmerica.us) airs each Tuesday at 9:10am to 9:40am EST on Doug Stephan's Good Day Program, syndicated to over 500 markets across the United States with a weekly listening audience of 3.5 million. In addition to being broadcast on the radio, the Dream Big America Show can be heard via live podcast on the DreamBigAmerica.us website.

Voting begins immediately after the show at 10:00am EST and continues for 28 hours until 2:00pm EST each Wednesday. Voting is by text (Text DBA to 612-22-DREAM (612-223-7326) once voting is live or via the DreamBigAmerica.us website.

The Dream Big America Show features three entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas for two minutes each, followed by an expert panelist who offers feedback and suggestions. Tapping into the surging entrepreneurial movement spreading across the country, Dream Big America strives to educate and support startups, all while providing an exciting venue for America to choose which new businesses it wants to see hit the market.

Dream Big America partners with the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (www.kauffman.org) and its 1 Million Cups (www.1millioncups.com) startup education program, Chic CEO (www.chic-ceo.com), and the San Diego-based Nutritional Capital Network (www.nutritioncapital.com). Each organization supports the show by providing vetted startup ventures for consideration to the Dream Big America selection committee.

For more information about the Dream Big America competition or to schedule an interview with any of the Dream Big America participants please call Beth Chapman at 816.835.0306 or email her at email.

Media Contacts:
Beth Chapman, Dream Big America
816.835.0306, Email

Barbara Pruitt, Kauffman Foundation
816.932.1288, Email

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SOURCE Dream Big America