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LWC to Host Regional Business Concept Competition

Wednesday will mark third year in row Lindsey Wilson College has participated in Idea State U competition, and the second year LWC has hosted the event.
EVENTS: Idea State Competition at Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY, starts at 11amCT, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Presentations at 1pmCT, in Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center; and Awards Ceremony at 4pmCT, in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center

By Venus Popplewell, Director of Public Relations
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

COLUMBIA, KY - (Tue 28 Mar 2017) - More than 70 aspiring entrepreneurs from Kentucky's colleges and universities will be on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College Wednesday, March 29, 2017, for the Idea State U regional competition. This will be one of three regional events for the statewide competition. It is the second time Lindsey Wilson has hosted the event.


Made possible by the LWC Center for Entrepreneurship, Idea State U is open to students from any Kentucky college or university. The event invites student teams from all disciplines to research, design and present ideas for proposed business concepts. The students are competing for a share of over $100,000 in prize money.

Director of Community Education and Outreach at Lindsey Wilson College, Linda McKinley-Grider says the Idea State U statewide competition is a prestigious event.

"Lindsey Wilson has been participating in Idea State U competitions since 2015. We became a host school in 2016 because of the success we have had with our own entrepreneurial competitions," said McKinley-Grider.

Last April, a team from Lindsey Wilson College won second place at the state level in the business model track of the competition. Michael Hart, a business administration student from Indianapolis, IN, and Wes Murphy, a recreation and tourism student from Clarksville, TN, earned a second place finish in the business model category with their concept for Bison Adventure Gear.

Representatives from the Kentucky Innovation Network will be in attendance as well as officers from the Kentucky Department for Economic Development.

The Idea State U competition will begin at 11:30amCT in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, Ky. The students will display their ideas in an exposition format and then present their business concept to a panel of 12 judges.

The Idea State U presentations begin at 1pmCT in the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, 411 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY.

The Idea State U awards ceremony will take place at 4pmCT in the Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY

Contact Linda McKinley-Grider at griderl@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-7385.


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Idea State competition returning to - LWC 29 March 2017



2017-03-28 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Venus Popplewell, LWC Director of Public Relations.

Michael Hart, second from left, a LWC business administration student from Indianapolis, IN, and Wes Murphy, third from left, a recreation and tourism student from Clarksville, TN, earned a second place finish in the business model category with their business model, Bison Adventure Gear, at the Idea State U 2016 competition. Lindsey Wilson College will host a regional competition on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The exhibition and expo will open at 11:30amCT in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. Also pictured are Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, left, and Christine Wade at right of the Idea Innovation Network. - VENUS POPPLEWELL

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