OSU pair earns $10,000 in competition
Thursday, May 12, 2005
OSU students Zack Moore and Matthew Briscoe recently earned $10,000 by placing 2nd in the statewide Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The competition encourages students to act on their ideas and talents in order to produce tomorrow’s businesses, according to coordinators with i2E, a not-for-profit corporation focused on growing Oklahoma’s technology-based, and entrepreneurial economy. Moore and Briscoe submitted and presented a business plan that took second place among 26 undergraduate business plans submitted for this first year of competition. Their concept, called “Fit-2-Eat,” involved a quick-serve restaurant and web-based diet management system that addresses today’s need for healthy fast food. Moore is a graduate of Midwest City High School and Briscoe is a graduate of Tulsa Union.Faculty advisor Dr. Jan Wagner, professor, Chemical Engineering, joined the pair during an awards luncheon May 4th at the Nigh University Center on the Campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. First Lady Pam Henry and Greg Main, president and CEO of i2E, Inc., presented the awards, which included a $10,000 cash prize.The winning graduate team was from the University of Tulsa and the winning undergraduate team was from Cameron University. The competition was funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. i2E managed the Oklahoma competition in cooperation with the Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education, the Presbyterian Health Foundation, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), and the State Chamber of Commerce.