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VIDEO: Edward Jones New Venture Challenge

May 7, 2004

In Their Words

"I liked the openess and freedom to develop our ideas. The creative aspect of it all was great. I learned a ton. From market analysis to GIF animations, I picked up so many new skills."

    - Louis Lupinacci III, Freshman, Management major, from Katy, Texas

"When you are assigned a project in which you have very little background experience, you find that you are capable of so much more than you orignally think."

    - Kristin Lovejoy, Freshman, Entrepreneurship major, Music minor, from Houston, Texas

"Being in the Edward Jones Challenge was nothing like I expected it to be. I felt very privileged to have the business people take time out of their days to come and judge us and to offer us suggestions. At first I was a little nervous, but soon that went away in the excitement of explaining to an 'investor' about all the hard work we had done and where it took us."

    - Melissa Puckett, Freshman, International Business and Marketing major, from The Woodlands, Texas

"We made sure that the judges knew that we were a customer-oriented company. We also presented our plan as if the judges were actually going to invest in us right on the spot. What I learned by doing this project is that teamwork really 'pays' off."

    - Gene Perkins, Junior, Accounting major

"This was like having my first job interview. It helped me to have the confidence to present material to the judge and learn how to work with others for future group projects."

    - Amy Potter, Freshman, Business major, from Corpus Christi, Texas

"It takes work to accomplish what you want. We worked really hard and despite that we were one of the top three, there were still problems with our plan and we still received criticism. But that criticism helped us in knowing how to make our company better than before."

    - Karyn Pearcy, Freshman, Marketing major, from Rockton, Illinois

What corporate-sponsored competition causes freshman to go from Abercrombie cargo pants to Armani suits in one semester?

The Edward Jones New Venture Challenge.

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