Congratulations to K2A Creatives
The annual business plan competition is a McColl School tradition. Each spring during their final semester of the Executive MBA program, student teams develop an entrepreneurial idea and write a fully-researched and well-articulated business plan. The competition serves as a sort of "capstone project" and is typically the last major requirement before graduation.
"The teams developed great business plans this year, and we had more than 150 people come out to watch the presentations," said Nancy McNelis, director of the Executive MBA program. "I think one of the most interesting parts of the competition is hearing the judges' feedback. We assemble a terrific panel of local entrepreneurs who share great advice and insights on each of the businesses."
Judges for the 2012 competition were Louis Foreman, most recognized as chief executive of Edison Nation; Rajeev Kulkarni, vice president global engineering for 3D Systems, Inc.; Melissa McGuire, owner of Sherpa; and Paul Solitario, managing partner of Cerium Capital.
K2A Creatives took the day with its plan to design and sell fully functional everyday household and kitchen tools that parents feel safe using with their children. The utensils are meant to foster a child's curiosity while giving parents peace of mind through safety features and hands-on activity guidance.
The K2A Creatives team included Alan Dodson, Nathan Foster, Kim Henderson, Bruce Walker and Dirk Zikeli. All five students became proud McColl School alumni in May.