Hannah Edwards
The Green Tee
Irving, Texas

Hannah Edwards first had the idea for The Green Tee when she was in sixth grade and went golfing with her uncle. “I noticed how the tee box was unkempt and spotty, so I came up with the idea of a fully biodegradable golf tee. The Green Tee is made of fertilizer. It promotes grass regrowth on the tee box and leaves virtually no debris. It’s a one-of-a-kind, innovative product that does not currently exist in the marketplace.” With four golf courses within a 25-mile radius, Hannah and her partner, Tanner Bannister, see an opportunity to market The Green Tee through local golf shops. “Once we establish our market share in these venues, we will be ready to expand into the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and beyond.”

One challenge they faced was determining the shape of the product. “My partner and I created several different prototypes and changed the design of our tee multiple times in order to find its most efficient form,” Hannah says. “The majority of our customers are impressed with how simple our product is, but recognize how much change it could bring to the game of golf as a whole. The most common reaction is, ‘Why hasn’t this been done before?’”

Hannah is quick to give a shout out to Tanner, whom she says worked just as hard as she did on the business. “We had to work past conflicting schedules, changing relationships, and balancing school, work, and our business. Although it had its rough points, we both learned so much about what it takes to run a business.”

Hannah plans to attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi next year and major in business and entrepreneurship. “After building up the idea of The Green Tee into an actual business, I realized how passionate I was about entrepreneurship and how big a difference just one person can make. It has helped me find confidence and independence.Realizing these traits in myself has been the most rewarding part of NFTE, because I have no idea when I would have realized this about myself—or if I ever would have.”