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Record Number of LWC College students pitch business ideas

Smartphone app presentation would translate text messages into user's native language. Ideas presented at 4th-Annual Entrepreneurial competition at Lindsey Wilson College
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - A record 117 Lindsey Wilson College students participated in the fourth-annual Business Concept Competition, held Thursday at Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship.


The event was sponsored by the LWC Center for Entrepreneurship.

The LWC students - who comprised 39 teams - pitched business plans to a three-judge panel. A total of $2,100 in seed money was awarded to the top six teams, with the first-place team given $1,000.

The first-place team was Convo, who proposed creating a smartphone app that would translate text messages into a user's native language. The four-member team included LWC students: Pacific Mutayongwa of the Democratic Republic of Congo; Billal Qsiyer of Illzach, France; Elijah Ukpong of Lagos, Nigeria; and Greg Young of Nashville, TN.

The contest judges were: Jennifer Flatford, Walmart human resources manager; Kristen Sexton, a Taylor County (KY) High School marketing teacher; and David Stewart of Institute of Lean Systems.


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Convo team gets $1,000 in Concept competition



2015-04-10 - Norma & Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College .
Members of the award-winning Convo team display a facsimile check for $1,000 after winning first place in the fourth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Business Concept Competition, held Thursday at Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. From left: LWC Center for Entrepreneurship Linda McKinley-Grider; judge Kristen Sexton of Taylor County (KY) High School; Convo team member Elijah Ukpong of Lagos, Nigeria; judge David Stewart of Institute of Lean Systems; Convo team members Pacific Mutayongwa of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Greg Young of Nashville, Tenn.; and judge Jennifer Flatford, Walmart human resources manager. Not pictured: Convo team member Billal Qsiyer of Illzach, France. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Idea for safer tobacco dip wins second place in LWC contest



2015-04-10 - Norma & Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student Trent Mueller of Nashville, TN, presents his business concept during the fourth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Business Concept Competition, held Thursday at Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. Mueller and teammate Ethan Calvert of Scottsville, Ky., won second place and received $500 for their idea to create a safer kind of tobacco dip. - DUANE BONIFER

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