The 2014 Walmart Better Living Business Challenge Regional will be held at the University of Louisville College of Business on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Teams included in this year’s regional include Cleveland State University, Washington University, Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Louisville.

More information

The 2013 Challenge:

building blocks team photo

Congratulations to Building Blocks from Carnegie Mellon University – winners of the 2013 Midwest Region Walmart Better Living Plan Business Competition.

Check out photos of the teams on our Facebook page

For the sixth year, the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship will host the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge Midwest Regional Competition.  The competition will be held at Harry Frazier Hall at the College of Business on Friday March 1, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The competition features teams of business school students presenting business plans to a panel of judges.  The plans must be for sustainable, profitable new products or business processes with measurable positive environmental benefits.

Competing schools include Asheville-Buncombe Tech, Carnegie-Mellon University, Duke University, University of Illinois and University of Louisville.

Each of the five teams will give a fifteen minute presentation, followed by fifteen minutes of judges’ Q&A.

One semifinalist from each of eight regions will be selected to advance to the Semifinal/Final Competitions at Walmart Headquarters in Bentonville, AR.  The overall Grand Prize winning team will earn $20,000 to invest in its business or product.

UofL  will be represented by two teams in the competition. Best of luck to EcoVision Development:  Michael Buchberger, Evan Holladay, Kaysara Mandry, Scott Norris and Safe Horizons, LLC:  Mladen Grigorov, Andrew Sieg, Wendy Stidham, Nicholas Whitt.

Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge

March 1, 2013 Schedule (PDF)

2013 Competing Teams

Powertrendz – Duke University
VentureFarming – Duke University
Illinois Biodiesel – University of Illinois
Safe Horizons, LLC – University of Louisville
Building Blocks – Carnegie Mellon University
EcoVision Development – University of Louisville
Can-King Stationary – Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College


Shana DeSmit – Walmart Stores
Kevin Flanery – Churchill Downs, Inc.
Matt Janson – QRS Recycling
Brian Lacina – Walmart
Bryan Sperry – Hilliard Lyons
Jim Stanway – Walmart

More information on the competition can be found:




University of Louisville
College of Business
Harry Frazier Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6440
Fax: (502) 852-7557


The UofL College of Business is separately accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Visit our Accreditation page for details.

University Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)



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