College of the Cumberlands students acquire begin-up cash for company assignments

College of the Cumberlands students acquire begin-up cash for company assignments

WILLLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – University of the Cumberlands held its yearly college student Entrepreneurship Pitch Contest on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Hutton University of Business.

The winner of this year’s competition was Ashley Ikner with K&A Wellness & Wellness, a complete wellness center with a full gym with trainers, recovery home with restoration gear and nutritional supplements, and total kitchen area with prepped meals and cooking classes.

Ashley will just take the $1,000 prize to aid start out her enterprise to be located in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The second-place winner of a $500 prize was Emily Vogt with a small business system for “Earthy & Cost-free,” a vegan café based mostly in Bowling Inexperienced, Ky. The 3rd-spot winner ($250) was Grace Chitwood with a business system for “Security Solutions” a cybersecurity company.

All other university student teams that participated obtained $100 prize to assist pursue their enterprise thoughts.

In the contest, 7 pupil groups pitched their organizations to a staff of judges with the aim of winning a grand prize of $1,000.

The groups experienced been planning their business strategies and pitches more than the past 4 months in a sequence of entrepreneurial “bootcamps” held at the new business incubator house at Marketplace on Principal & 3rd in downtown Williamsburg.

A panel of a few judges — Anne Bays, Operator of Moonlight Meat Dr. Chris Leskiw, Vice President for Tutorial Affairs at the University of the Cumberlands and Michael Sharpe, Regional President of Forcht Financial institution — evaluated the pitches to ascertain the very first put, next put, and 3rd spot prizes.

Decide Michael Sharpe remarked, “The displays were being quite extraordinary, and I’m confident there had been many in that area who will produce their have paths via entrepreneurship.”

The Pitch Opposition was established by Assistant Professor of Accounting Dr. Jake Brock in 2019 and is now overseen by Entrepreneur in Home Dr. Geoff Marietta.

“We are particularly proud of all the learners who participated in the competitors this 12 months. The opposition highlighted the ingenuity and innovation identified in Cumberlands pupils,” Dr. Marietta mentioned.