Alex Upendo is only 11 years old, but he has already started to obtain funding for his own business.

The young entrepreneur, creator of Racine startup Build-a-Bow, on Tuesday won the Gateway Technical College Launch Box’s business pitch contest, along with $5,000 in seed money.

Upendo and four other entrepreneurs each made four-minute pitches to a panel of judges at the SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant.

The other companies were: Racine-based CalmLet, Racine-based Mt. Sinai Gym, Racine-based Muller Motors and Racine-based Wings of Fire. The judges were: Debbie Davidson, vice president of Gateway business and workforce solutions; Kate Walker, director of operations at Gateway business and workforce solutions; Elmer Moore, executive director of ScaleUp Milwaukee; James Hauser, assistant vice president of commercial lending at Tri City National Bank; and Robert Martin, retired, of University of Wisconsin-Parkside SBDC. Read the full story here.