Two UofL College of Business Entrepreneurship MBA teams competed in the Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition at Kennesaw State University in Georgia on February 7-8, 2014. The Georgia Bowl is one of the state’s largest and one of the country’s oldest intercollegiate competitions for entrepreneurs.
Accompanied by Faculty Advisors Professors Van Clouse and Suzanne Bergmeister, the two teams representing UofL were SmartLanes Technologies (Stephen Haden, Jessica Hamilton, and Amine Ben Khalifa) and TheraBracelet (Matthew Raggard, Kacie Neutz, Leah Enders, Nick Phelps joined by Entrepreneurship Law Clinic advisor Donovan Potter). The two teams presented on Friday and both advanced to the finals on Saturday.
TheraBracelet brought home a first place win and received an automatic invitation to compete at the “Super Bowl” of collegiate business plan competitions – the 2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition May 1-3, 2014 at University of Texas Austin.
SmartLanes Technologies placed fifth, and also presented to Bluegrass Angels last month and won a $25,000 investment.
Professor Clouse commented that both teams did an outstanding job in their presentations.
This is the second year in a row a UofL MBA team has won the Georgia Bowl competition. Imogy, (Stefan Adamovsky, Miguel Agostinho, Patrick Holtkamp and Marco Marinucci) won the competition in 2013, with La Luz (Thomas Abood, Joseph Beatty, Megan Cooper, and Alexander Smith) coming in 4th place.
Congratulations to our teams and faculty advisors!
The next stepping stone in the business plan competition circuit is the Cardinal Challenge, hosted by the UofL College of Business (http://cardinalchallenge.com) on February 14-15, 2014. Appro Therapeutics (Melissa Buddeke, Christopher Barton, Will Morris, Divya Jagadish, Jordan Davis) will be representing UofL in this competition.