EMPORIA, KS (05/20/2015)(readMedia)– Students in 17 teams competed in the final round of the Emporia Entrepreneurship Challenge at Emporia State University. They participated in a Community Showcase-style event for a chance to win cash prizes of $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third.
Emporia State students from this area who competed and their business ideas were:
Janet Rice, a Senior Accounting major from Derby, Kansas, presented Shao-lin Kung Fu Martial Arts Center.
Rudyard Paine, a Graduate Student MS-Instructional Design & Technology major from Wichita, Kansas, presented Wayfarer Technologies.
The Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge began in February with 38 student teams from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College submitting business plans to the competition. Those initial entries were carved down to semifinalist teams who gave oral presentations in early April to a panel of judges. The semifinalist teams set up a booth display at the Community Showcase featuring their business concepts and answered questions from judges and event attendees.
Casey Cagle, a FHTC student who presented Prairie Earth Tours, took first place. Xiang Li and Jiapeng Huang of Emporia State took second place for their Go Overseas concept. And FHTC students Bryce Dakin and Tyson Johnson were awarded third place for Front Runner Outdoors/DC Systems Software.