Executive MBA Business Plan Competition
Dirk Zikeli, Alan Dodson, Kim Henderson, Nathan Foster, and Bruce Walker
EMBA students in the Class of 2013 presented their business plans last night in the annual EMBA Business Plan Competition to a panel of judges and a room full of McColl School friends and guests at Ketner Auditorium. Students self-selected into four fledgling "companies" to develop business plans around patented intellectual property from Enventys. The nouveau companies included:
•Track Tunes, an interactive musical game for children that combines color, motion, music and design; •SnacDaddy, a serving tray that solves the problem of snack food residuals (think chicken bones or shrimp tails); •HeadPro, a sports helmet designed to lessen the effects of head injuries; and, Easy Flow, a bottle design to eliminate spills when pouring liquids from large containers.
After each team made a short presentation about its product, anticipated sales, marketing strategies and the like, the judges then weighed in with questions and comments. Special thanks to our dedicated Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle members; Louis Foreman, Rajeev Kulkarni, Melissa McGuire, and Paul Solitario who volunteered their time and expertise to read the business plans in advance and then to offer constructive criticism to the company founders.
The team determined to have the best business plan is awarded the David C. Stephens Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award. The award honors Executive MBA student and entrepreneur David Stephens who passed away in 2005. In the end, the Track Tunes team of Aaron Harper, Tim O'Boyle, Matt Ventimiglia, Steve Sawyer, and Rafat Khader emerged victorious. Congratulations!!
Hope to see you at the next EMBA Business Plan Competition in April 2014!