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5th Entrepreneurial Expo showcases broad range of ideas
MeasureMe app takes top prize, a check for $1,000.
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By Travis Smith
Assistant Director of Public Relations, Lindsey Wilson College
COLUMBIA, KY (Fri 11 Nov 2016) LWC Students Michael Case and Trey Wright, both of Louisville, KY, won first place and received a check for $1,000 in the fifth-annual LWC Entrepreneurial & Career Expo, held Thursday, November 10, 2016, in the college's Norma & Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship.
Case and Wright created MeasureMe, a universal measuring app that uses a phone's internal camera to measure various objects. Wright says that the idea for MeasureMe came to him while watching his friend's father work on an addition to his porch.
"His dad was on the back porch building an extension and he kept bringing out his tape measure and leveler and it was taking up so much of his time," said Wright. "We kept thinking, it would be nice if we had an app that did all of the leveling and measuring for us to save us on the time and labor. That would be perfect."
Wright said that there are three phases to making this app a product that is ready to sell to consumers.
"There's three phases and right now we are in the software phase," said Wright. "Once everything is complete with that, we then have the design phase and lastly the completion phase. So hopefully we will have this on the market by the end of 2017."
Case and Wright were among 130 students who made up 47 teams in this year's Entrepreneurial & Career Expo, which is sponsored by the LWC Center for Entrepreneurship. That's the best participation in the event's history, according to LWC Business Division Chair Linda McKinley-Grider.
Students pitched their business concepts to four judges, who evaluated the ideas based on creativity, originality and presentation. This year's judges were: Russ Leathem, SCORE Chapter 75 Chairman & Kentucky Assistant District Director; Carl Coslow, SCORE Chapter 75 Vice Chair; Donald Keller, SCORE Past District Director; and Joe Koetter, SCORE Chapter 75 Co-Chair & Marketing.
Mckinley-Girder said that many of the student teams who competed in the Entrepreneurial & Career Expo will turn their ideas into business plans and then compete at a spring event sponsored by the LWC Center for Entrepreneurship.
"We saw such a broad range of exciting business ideas at the competition this year," McKinley-Grider said. "It's a testament to our students passion for entrepreneurship and development of ideas that are good for business as well as the consumer."
This story was posted on 2016-11-11 17:48:01
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