By Trevor Anderson
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Published: April 21, 2013
Ten entrepreneurial students at Wofford College will vie for a nice chunk of startup capital and support Wednesday during the school's "Ten students, Ten minutes, $10,000" competition, which is open to the public.
Participating students will be given three minutes to “pitch” their small businesses and seven minutes to answer questions before a panel of judges that includes five top-notch business leaders during the fast-paced event, which will model ABC's hit series "Shark Tank."
The event will be from 5 to 10 p.m. at The Space in Wofford's Mungo Center for Professional Excellence in the Michael S. Brown Village Center on Evins Street. It will include a tented expo showcasing the work of nearly 50 students, live music, food, a cash bar and drawings for prizes.
Students spent last Wednesday night and part of Thursday rehearsing their pitches and getting insight from Mungo Center leaders Scott Cochran, dean, Courtney Shelton and Jeremy Boeh.
The students have produced projects, products and businesses they developed through Wofford's Impact and Launch programs.
Impact is a competitive four-year scholarship program offered to incoming and current students that teaches new essential skills, such as design thinking, entrepreneurship and a consultative approach to problem solving through experience.
Launch is the college's entrepreneurial group that provides guidance and expertise to help students from all backgrounds develop their business ideas, formulate a business plan and organize their own companies.
Students participating in the competition are:
Asantewaa Boateng, Class of 2014, of Sumter
Shout Out Sista! — A webzine that celebrates girls everywhere and provides middle school girls with positive role models to help prevent teen pregnancies.
Emily Bacher, Class of 2015, of Summerville
Best Buddies Wofford — A group of 20 college students who partner with local organizations, such as Special Olympics and the Carolina Miracle League, to spend time with young athletes.
Holten Fields, Class of 2016, of Lexington
20/20 — A first-person shooter video game designed with the philosophy that the story comes first; developed as an exhibition of technical, artistic and storyboarding skills to demonstrate how viable independent video game development is.
Nancy Ford, Class of 2016, of Sylva, N.C.
Set in Motion — A Christian ministry that aims to transform lives by providing spiritual and physical hope and renewal through a Bible and a bike.
Michelle Green, Class of 2015, Johnson City, Tenn., Sarah Grace Keaveny, Class of 2015, of Charleston, and Anna Grace Hall, Class of 2015, of Spartanburg
Let's Read — A weekly after-school program for kindergarten children and their parents.
Grace Wallace, Class of 2013, of Chesnee
WritefullyHis LLC — A stationery company that provides paper and pencils for children in Bufula, Uganda, through its profits.
Sarah Baldwin, Class of 2015, of Chapin
That's Sew Me — A provider of fashionable, up-cycled pieces of art that help reduce clothing waste, holds meaning to each customer, and tells the story of a mother and daughter creating together.
Mallory Jones, Class of 2013, of Thomasville, Ga.
Bumblebees — A design business boasting a collection of handcrafted pieces for the home and the gentleman.
Joseph McMillan, Class of 2013, of Inman
Junk Matters LLC — A commercial zero waste company.
Calhoun “Callie” Taylor, Class of 2014, of Columbia
Calhoun Construction — A marketing and branding company focused on small business.
The list of judges includes:
Pete Barth, founder of Greenville-based The Iron Yard LLC.
Nate Harceg, assistant marketing manager for Arkansas-based Walmart Stores Inc.
Jordana Megonigal, editor-in-chief of Greenville-based Black Box Magazine.
Grant Peacock, real estate developer and former member of Wofford's board of trustees.
Chad Williamson, director of the Noble Institute in Little Rock, Ark.
Attendance at the event is free, but space is limited to 500 people and registration is required.
For more information, visit: www.wofford.edu/impactlaunchcomp.
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