黑豹球场聚焦创业

为刚果提供清洁水源的战略, 富有想象力的回收和园艺建议, and an innovative “desk swop” concept were among the winning entries in this year’s recent 黑豹球场 competition. mg娱乐场州的流行版本 鲨鱼坦克 television series emphasizes the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship through a “big ideas” competition open to all students.

The competition is a premier project of the University’s chapter of Enactus, an international student organization committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, and is also the culmination of months of planning by Professor Bonnie Bechard’s Event 市场营销 class. “The 黑豹球场 is now in its sixth year and students really showed off their creativity in so many ways,创行社21年总裁诺亚·菲斯克说. “It also was a great opportunity to receive business guidance and network with top-level entrepreneurs.”

学生分享了对霍华德·弗雷德里克的记忆

The 2021 黑豹球场 was dedicated to Professor Howard Frederick, who was a leader in entrepreneurship education before his untimely passing earlier this year. 当讨论这个领域时, 弗雷德里克说, “现在它正在扩展到艺术领域, 科学, 设计, 几乎所有科目, and it’s drawing on cross-disciplinary 程序s with diverse missions. 任何有远见的人都可以创业.”

“Professor Frederick’s vision is manifest here tonight,” said President Donald Birx in his welcome remarks. “We know that the 黑豹球场 can truly open doors for young entrepreneurs and set them up for success.”

的第一名, Howard Frederick Entrepreneurship Award was renamed in Professor Frederick’s honor this year and was shared by Samy Tshileu ’21 and Carmela Olmo ’23. 他们每人得到了1500美元.

Tshileu’s Clean Water for the Congo proposal is 设计ed to bring fresh water to his rural African 首页 village, where residents must currently travel a significant distance to access water from a compromised source. The two-part proposal includes the use of inexpensive sand filters to begin with while fundraising takes place to dig permanent deep wells.

Olmo’s Desk Swop envisions a free service that will improve the living conditions for off-campus students by more cost-effectively redistributing furnishings. The current local used furniture market would be better organized, improving the experience for both buyers and sellers by leveraging technology to provide more efficient market valuation and reduce waste.

Olmo’s Desk Swop and a Panther Bucks Recycling System proposal by Hannah Farley ’23, 卢卡斯Holmqvist的23, Tarryn O ' brien的24, and Cooper Varano ’23 were tied for the Most Innovative and Creative Idea Award. Other award-winning proposals included 校园食用U-Pick花园 by Dylan Perkins ’23 and a 学生老兵支持在线资源中心 by Dylan Freddo ’24, Jaycie英格尔斯的22, 亚历克乔丹的22, 卡梅伦借给的23, 还有23年的布兰登·曼纳.

The event featured accomplished speakers who shared their experiences and insights with a standing-room-only crowd of receptive students.

演讲者包括:

  • 彼得·鲍尔, 的首席执行官Mimecast, a firm he co-founded in 2003 and which today employs almost 2,000人, 包括事业单位校友, 在7个国家设有办事处. Bauer is the visionary behind Mimecast’s product and SaaS platform strategy, which focuses on reducing risk and making e-mail safer for business.
  • 莱恩·查德威克00岁,Fathom Brands的创始人. His entrepreneurial portfolio includes innovating the housing and seafood markets, 打开的, 成功的餐馆, 经营一家爵士俱乐部, 在其他企业. mg娱乐场’s Ryan Chadwick Entrepreneurship Scholarship in Business is his enduring commitment to assist students in financial need.
  • 安东尼Oglesby 05, 谁有多年的开发经验, 市场营销, and managing operations of Planet Fitness health clubs, which he joined in its infancy and went on to develop the highly successful brand and model. He helped set up the Tap Out Fitness Franchise company, 然后开始了All Out Fitness的概念. He also contributes as a member of the mg娱乐场 President’s Council,  a volunteer advisory group that provides leadership and support regarding development and fundraising.
  • Angela Watts ’05, whose firm Slyde Handboards was a big winner on the actual 鲨鱼坦克 程序. Her compelling presentation skills impressed the likes of Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher and secured major funding for her water sports firm.

The 黑豹球场 is a key component of mg娱乐场’s State entrepreneurial ecosystem, 随着Enactus, the University’s entrepreneurship courses for both business and non-business majors, 正在进行的课程创新, 大学makerspaces, 和网络事件. mg娱乐场 State is unquestionably an energetic launchpad for the next generation of change agents.

“I am very proud of our students and so grateful to all our alumni, 赞助商, 合作伙伴, 法官, 以及让这次活动成为可能的导师,Bonnie Bechard教授说. “The 黑豹球场 is building future leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship, and I can’t wait to see the impact our students will have on the community and organizations they go on to work for in the future.”