May 7, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 7, 2014 — Following weeks of hard work, the winners of the “Startup Drury” competition were recently chosen. The competition is sponsored by Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and is open to students of all majors who think they may have “the next big idea.”
Ten teams made live pitches before the judges in April, following five weeks of working together to form an idea for a business and create a business plan. Teams could have one or more members and each team was assigned a mentor from the community. The mentors met with their teams in person or electronically throughout the process.
The winners were:
Overall winner – Teleigh Martinez, for “Elektro Sustainable Dance Club;” $1,000 prize
Runner-up – Ali Barnes, Isaac Weber, Grant Brallier and Josh Avers, for “Yoga U;” $500 prize
Honorable mention – Melissa Buckner and Jake Jobes, for “Audio Vortex;” $250 prize
Broadest Appeal – Audio Vortex. This project will have the opportunity to raise capital via CrowdIt, the Springfield-based crowd funding website.
Best Green Business Model – Elektro Sustainable Dance Club
Best Social Business Model – Cody Stepp, Dakoda Trithara, Albeejohn Hummel and Rudy Daus for “EcoFin.” This project will represent Drury in the Barrentine Value and Ventures Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University in 2015.
Judges for the competition were Rob Wheeler, owner of Marbeck Appliance Parts; Christine Daues, owner of Granolove; Jason Graf, founder of CrowdIt; Kailey York, partner at Clayton, York & Hopp, CPAs; and retired entrepreneur Leon Combs.
The presenting sponsor was Marbeck Appliance Parts. CrowdIt, Engineered Packaging and Chuck Banta were supporting sponsors.
Team mentors included Steve Nurnberg, Chris Jarratt, Chuck Banta, Hallie Sale, Terri Thornton, Brad Moulder, Lyle Foster, Loa Freeman, Jim Conley, Paula Adams, Terry Reynolds, Brenda Jackson, Sara Cochran and Katie Henderson
For more information, contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, (417) 873-7458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.