Students compete in virtual Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup and MIT Clean Energy Prize
The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t prevent Oklahoma State University student entrepreneurs from competing in and winning awards in a virtual 2020 Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup and finishing in the top four of a national college business plan competition through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which also featured teams competing remotely.
In the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup April 23, a statewide collegiate business plan competition sponsored by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, OSU winners were:
- Henry Cannon, a marketing and non-profit management major in the Spears School of Business, took third place and $5,000 with his business plan for Whisk, an online dating platform that uses observable and verifiable data to create authentic dating profiles for users.
- Rachel Brown, a Spears Business entrepreneurship and non-profit management major, received a $5,000 scholarship as the recipient of the Paulsen Award with her business idea for Strides, an app that provides exercise plans for mental health professionals to prescribe to patients.
- Angela Peter, a chemical engineering student in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), and Spears Business student Wolfgang Flick won the OG&E Positive Energy and Environmental Award and $1,000 for their venture/business EmPads, a frugal innovation with a vision to empower women by repurposing textile waste from the fast-fashion industry into reusable, affordable sanitary pads.
David Thomison, the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and a clinical professor in the School of Entrepreneurship, is the faculty adviser for all three teams.
The OSU team of Brooks Robison, a Spears Business graduate student, and Rabecca Wiseman, a CEAT graduate student, who created the technology business startup Contraire, competed April 24 in the finals of the 2020 Clean Energy Prize @ MIT, the largest cleantech startup competition for university students.
“It is an honor to have the OSU brand represented in such a prestigious competition,” said Thomison, who also advises the Contraire team. “OSU competed in the Final Four against an MIT and Harvard team, an MIT team and a Stanford team.”
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