The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business Administration Center for Entrepreneurship held its sixth annual 3-2-1 Quick Pitch competition Nov. 6. Nearly 70 students had the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial, communication and presentation skills through a short "quick pitch" proposal to a panel of entrepreneurial experts from Nebraska.
"The quick pitch competition was a great event. We had more contestants from more diverse backgrounds than ever before in each division," said Sam Nelson, associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management. “There were some incredible ideas pitched this year which is very exciting.”
The competition was divided into two divisions – collegiate and Nebraska high schools – with seven competition rooms. Each room had one $1,000 cash prize winner. The following students were the award winners:
High School Level:
Trevor Jensen, a junior at North Star High School in the Entrepreneurship Focus Program, Jensen Brothers’ Bees.
Collegiate Level (all are UNL students unless noted):
Rachel Stevens delivers her 'quick pitch' to the judges
Asa Bryant, a senior advertising and public relations major from Panama, Nebraska, Wax Investments
Thomas Frederick, mechanical engineering doctoral student, Omaha, Nebraska, Bluetooth Equipment Tracking
Matthew Jones, business major at Southeast Community College from Lincoln, Nebraska, JayHop Helicopters
Conner Koerperich, junior agribusiness major from Lincoln, Nebraska, Forage Products
Rachel Stevens, senior agronomy major from Falls City, Nebraska, Heartland Ag Consulting
Kelly Sturek, senior business administration major from Las Vegas, Nevada, Cricket Protein
Courtney Sloan, a senior business administration major from Lincoln, Nebraska, was named the People’s Choice Award winner for her business Jack Trips. She was selected based on the vote of those in attendance for their favorite presentation.
The Center for Entrepreneurship at the UNL College of Business Administration is the hub of entrepreneurship and innovation on campus. The center's mission is to inspire and empower students to become "startup people" in both new and established enterprises. Through innovative and active educational experiences, students work with the center to actively craft their own careers. The center's focus on research assures new knowledge is created and shared to inspire innovation and growth, both personally and professionally.
Quickpitch Photo Album Including Prize Winners on Facebook