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EKU Entrepreneurship Teams bring home Idea State U top prizes

PGA Golf Management team accepts Business Plan Division award

EKU's student entrepreneurship teams, under the direction of faculty advisor Laura Barthel, once again brought home first and third place prizes from the Regional IDEA State University Competition held in Prestonsburg on March 30.

Nathan Hall, senior human resource management major from Richmond, was joined by Kyle Marcum from Somerset Community College and received 1st place with a cash prize of $1,000 at the regional competition. Hall and Marcum presented their winning project, Moe Mi, in the Business Model Division. Hall is no stranger to Idea State U, having won 1st Place in the Plan Track division last year, for his Longevity Tea presentation.

Three PGA Golf Management seniors brought home a 3rd place finish in the Business Plan division winning a $500 cash prize.  Konnor Kimmel (Columbus, In.),  Craig Hicks (Aylett, Va.), and Austin Molen (Florence),  and are pictured with their winning presentation - Simple Circle.

EKU fielded three teams who were prepared to compete with professional trade show table displays and presentations. In this round they were judged on their (a) written plan, (b) marketing video, (c) tradeshow display table, and (d) presentation.

According to Dr. Lana Carnes, Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, "We appreciate very much Laura's dedication to mentoring these students. All of us in MMIB know what a time commitment this is to share her expertise in this meaningful way."

Barthel echoes the sentiment and credits the support and guidance of EKU's PGA Golf Management faculty and staff in developing the business plan entry team.

The next stop for these two EKU teams will be the State IDEA Competition to be held April 22-23 in Lexington. Idea State U is a program of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Published on March 31, 2016

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