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2016 Student Pitch Competition Finalists

Great businesses start with great ideas

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Steve and Barbara Fishman

  • Matt Clervi

    “Have you ever considered starting your own business? Believe it or not, college can help you accomplish this goal and provide some shortcuts to help make your conversion to being your own boss faster and less painful.”

    George Thompson, Fishman Faculty Fellow

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  • Student Entrepreneur

    “If you can present well, if you can convey your ideas, that is a huge part of daily life and it’s one of the essential or key areas in business, of having a successful business.”

    Adam Smith, Student Entrepreneur, Solar Nomad

  • Danielle Langdon

    “The key is to identify your ideal traits. The answer may not be obvious at first, so think creatively about your strengths. Consider your own self-impressions and how other people perceive you.”

    Danielle Langdon, Fishman Faculty Fellow

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  • Matthew Frappier gives his pitch

    “With each mentor meeting or 3-D design session I thought I was just preparing for the Pitch Competition, but in reality I was taking the first steps towards starting my business.”

    Matthew Frappier , Student Entrepreneur

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Student Business Pitch Competition

Applications due by Wednesday, November 30 at 5 p.m. CST

Top ten idea submissions will present on April 11, 2017

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