Wells Announces Student Entrepreneurship Competition Winners
04-29-13 - Ten students contributed fantastic original ideas during this year's competition.
Wells College is proud to announce the winners of the Susan Wray Sullivan '51 and Pike H. Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship's 2013 Student Entrepreneurship Competition. This year's awardees were:
- First Prize – Dauris Little '14 (Tech Guyz)
- Second Prize – Monika Savannah Tucker '15 / Tyler Fishetti '15 (Speed of Light)
- Third Prize – Keegan Evans '15 (Parker Lane Productions)
- Wildcard prizes – Beverly Wallenstein '16 (My Yoga Experience) and Nellye Archibald '14 (Gabon Souvenir)
- Honorable Mentions – Wyatt Buerkle '16 (Solpow), Katie Eidem '16 (Temp Keep), and Muath Alawi '16 / Steven Domfeh '16 (Prep Station)
All ten students who participated in the competition demonstrated ingenuity and ambition as they presented their ideas. They developed their projects with the assistance of Wells' Entrepreneur in Residence Jon Greene and came prepared to discuss the product or service provided, the value and benefits they would deliver to customers, their target market and marketing strategy, and the way that it would relate to the closest competition. Additionally, the first- and second-place winners are eligible to take advantage of award money if they carry out their business plan.
Each had five minutes to make a presentation, followed by questions from the judges. This year's panel of judges included CEO of Greenfield’s Greatest Food Company Inc. and guest speaker for the day Katie Camarro '85, founder of Orthogonal Fox Holt, CEO of Mitegen Robert Newman, investment professional Brian Axline and President of Wells College Lisa Marsh Ryerson. Jon Greene moderated the competition with Mezmeriz CEO Brad Treat.
The competition also included an ice cream social in the lobby of Stratton Hall, giving the participants the chance to sample Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce, the specialty of alumna entrepreneur Katie Camarro ’85. Katie's talk covered her experiences leading up to the founding of her company, some of the challenges she had faced and solutions she found, and the rewards of forming the skills and relationships that helped her succeed.
Wells College gratefully acknowledges support of this event from the Louise Bingham Hatch ’38 family. We're already looking forward to next year's competition, and hope in the meantime that all of our talented students carry out their brilliant ideas!
For more information, contact Communications Associate David Foote, 315-364-3460, firstname.lastname@example.org.