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Five teams awarded prizes during Make-A-Pitch 2016 event

(12/04/16 1:55pm)

Five student teams were recognized for their unique business ideas on Dec. 1 at the Make-A-Pitch 2016 competition in Grawn Hall.Hosted by the College of Business Administration, Make-A-Pitch acts as a prelude to the New Venture Competition in the spring.A record high of 26 teams competed this year.Each team had two minutes to explain its entrepreneurial idea to a panel of judges, which consisted of professional entrepreneurs and Central Michigan University alumni.

College of Business Administration adds new entrepreneurship chair position

(09/18/16 6:49pm)

After spending time as an attorney in Silicon Valley during the height of the “dot-com bubble,” Jeff Thomas believes he has what it takes to be the Chair of Entrepreneurship.As a newly-established administration role in the College of Business Administration, Thomas said he hopes to strengthen the entrepreneurship department by bridging the gap between how entrepreneurship is taught in class and how it affects life outside the classroom.“The student body at large will be impacted by having revised and new academic courses and programs, and having courses and programs that are better connected to the practice of entrepreneurship,” he said.Among changes to the department Thomas will oversee is the proposal of an online Masters of Entrepreneurial Transactions program.

Past NVC winners reflect on successes, business failures

(04/10/16 6:44pm)

When her cosmetics company failed, alumni Shannon O'Donald had a hard time not feeling the sting of shame.O'Donald's business, Shannon Evans Cosmetics, won $1,000 during the first ever New Venture Competition in 2011 for the best elevator pitch in the contest. Central Michigan Life tracked back with some of the past winners like O'Donald to see where they are now and how their businesses are faring.Enspire: Patrick McAvena; Chris Green, Christian DayShannon O'Donald; Shannon Evans CosmeticsSamantha and Joseph Pina; Revolve Replication

Make-a-Pitch competition awards student entrepreneur teams

(12/02/15 10:01pm)

Aimeee Kalczuk and Vijaya Gayatri accidentally created their own business when, on the first day of the New Venture Competition workshops, they pitched their business idea to who they assumed would be business students. Once they found out what the event was, the Walker sophomore and international graduate student decided to keep pursuing their idea of a coat for stroke patients with paralysis on one side of their body. Months later, they were standing in front of 20 teams of student entrepreneurs and judges at the Make-a-Pitch competition in hopes of winning capital for their Style for a Lifetime business. “I was excited to present and get feedback because I don't know my UC about business,” Kulczak said.