Competition Rewards Student Business Plans
Mackenzie Smith of Saginaw and Joshua Spratt of Ada have a “jump start” on bringing their business ideas to reality. The Alma College students are the 2013 winners of the JumpStart Entrepreneurship Competition.
Students from the campus organization Entrepreneurs in Action helped organize and structure the competition. A committee of Alma College alumni, faculty and students selects the annual winners.
"The students did a great job and are very excited to implement their business ideas,” says Tina Rolling, faculty advisor. "The support not only includes financial help with the award, but also with implementation support from Entrepreneurs in Action."
Smith, a graduate of Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw, won $1,000 to promote her brother’s band, “Daniel,” using a design that includes a QR code that can be scanned and linked to the band’s online information.
“The first things I made from the award money were t-shirts, patches and lighters,” says Smith, who is a sophomore at Alma pursuing a double major in business administration and communication. “I plan is to use the revenue from these items to make other products such as sweaters and CD covers. My goal is to help my brother’s band become more known.
“I benefited from participating in this competition in many ways,” she says. “Not only did I get the opportunity to help my brother and his band, I realized how much I like this area of marketing and hope to pursue a career in it one day.”
Spratt, a graduate of Lowell High School, has created "Josh Andrews Denim," a company that produces environmentally sustainable jeans for men. He plans to use his $1,000 award to create prototypes of his product, which he will market to clothing stores.
Posted: Wed, May 22nd, 2013 at 8:26AM