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WKU students recognized in business plan competitions

WKU students representing the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business have earned recognition in state and national business plan competitions.

  • WKU students were honored in the Alltech Innovation Competition.

    Tech Gnar, an undergraduate student team consisting of Owensboro natives Blake Knott, Taylor Wathen and Zachary Wathen, took home the top prize of $10,000 in the Alltech Innovation Competition on April 1 in Lexington. The Tech Gnar team presented a new technology in music recognition that will recommend songs to users that match current interests. They plan to launch their website and an app by the end of the year. “We plan on using at least half of the winnings to rush the market with advertising when we launch at year end,” said Knott, a junior mechanical engineering student. “It validates the many hours of hard work that our team and advisers have put into Tech Gnar. The idea of Tech Gnar itself is very complex and it is especially gratifying to hear from a panel of judges that they believe in our idea.”

    Read the full story about the Tech Gnar team
  • WKU student Muamer Razic (right) will compete in e-Fest, a national business plan competition.

    WKU entrepreneurship student Muamer Razic of Bowling Green was selected to compete in “e-Fest,” a competition that will award more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships for the best undergraduate business ideas of April 6-8 in Minneapolis. The e-Fest competition is the largest undergraduates-only business plan competition and is co-sponsored by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and EIX.org, an online learning platform for entrepreneurs, students and professors. At the e-Fest competition, Razic will compete with his Level Lacrosse business against 24 other student teams from universities around the United States. Level Lacrosse provides a custom analytical tool called The Feeder that provides a tool for players, coaches, and parents to track player growth and improvement in that sport. The Level Lacrosse business plan has already garnered awards on a local and state level at the WKU Business Plan Competition, WKU Topper Tank, Bucks for Bright Ideas and the Regional Idea State U Business Plan Competition. “Being able to compete against some of the best entrepreneurial minds from all over the United States is a remarkable opportunity,” Razic said. “The experience and knowledge that will be at a national competition will allow me to test myself against the best of the best and continue to hone my abilities and find ways to improve.”

    Read the full story about Razic’s selection for the e-Fest competition

Contact: Stacey Gish, (270) 745-5810

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