Top 5 Winners of Washburn University's Business Plan Competition
1st Place: $4000 Blake Tomasino Business: A brewery/distillery partnership in Topeka
2nd Place: $3000 Andrew Foreman, Deon Duncan-Taylor, Jim Henry, Marcus Gay Business: A drive-in theater for Topeka
3rd Place: $2000 Matt Spezia, Jacob Struber, Reed Trease Business: Moderno Metros – a smart parking meter system for municipalities
4th Place: $1000 Emily Lauritsen Business: Mental, physical & emotional well-being company based in Topeka
5th Place: $500 Brian Brzezicki Business: API (Application Programming Interface) software company
Another team that entered the competition – Moderno Metros – is also entered into the “Network of International Business Schools (NIBS)” international business plan competition and has reached the finals. They must interview with a panel of judges next week via Skype to defend their plan against two other schools from Europe.
Thanks to generous alumni, the School of Business has established a “Student Business Accelerator Fund (SBAF)” that supports new student ventures. The fund allocates up to $50,000 each academic year to promising new student ventures, and some of our business plan winners will be participating in that event.