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Students Participate in Entrepreneurship Day

April 19, 2006

By Morgan Lawrence

Baylor University held an Entrepreneurship Day on April 10. This event helped students connect with other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

The professionals were from all different backgrounds and were asked be on a panel of speakers. Speakers represented Community Bank and Trust, Mental Gear, Austin American Technology, and Lipsitz.

Alan Wills, started his own business, Mental Gear, while a student at Baylor. He came back to visit about his experience and help students see what they can accomplish while still at Baylor.

Tamara Sanderson, senior entrepreneurship and professional selling major from Plano, Texas, noted that one of her favorite parts of the event was during the discussion panel. "I was in the group on social entrepreneurship with Inez Russell and Dr. Byron Johnson. They posed some very thought-provoking questions on the needs of society and how social entrepreneurs can address those needs."

Also, at the event there was the elevator pitch competition. An elevator pitch was explaining the student's business idea in a short amount of time. The first, second and third place winners received $300, $200, $100 respectively.

Seth McCall, from Southlake, Texas, won first place with his idea of an ethanol plant. He is senior majoring in computer information systems, operations management, and technologies of perform.

Bradley Cunningham, a senior from Columbia, Missouri, won second place with a Reverse Construction Auction. He is majoring in entrepreneurship and real estate.

Roman Aman, from Copperas Cove, won third place with a hard-top convertible business. He is a mechanical engineer and mathematics major.

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