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Don't miss out on the opportunity to turn you dream into reality. The CEI Business Plan Competition is open to all WKU undergraduate and graduate students in good standing who want the opportunity to turn their business ideas into money.
Beginning in 2008, the WKU business plan competition has consistently launched student ventures from dreams to reality. One of the first competitor's ventures is going strong and working in five states. Last year, over 70 student projects competed, an almost 200% increase over the year before. Cumulative prize winnings and awards to WKU students from the beginning of this initiative in 2008 are approximately $65,000.
Multiple ventures have gone on to be part of the WKU Student Business Accelerator which is a wonderful opportunity to get physical space, expert consultation and take your venture into reality. One venture has gone beyond the initial start-up phase and received $12,000 in initial funding and shipped over 30,000 production units in less than a year after starting. There is no application period, so come by the Center at any time.
If you're interested in the WKU business plan competition please stop by the Center for Entrepreneurship in Grise 234 and ask for more information. Detailed competition information will be mailed out in late January. Contestants will be automatically entered into consideration to represent WKU at the Kentucky State IdeaStateU competition held in mid-April of every year.

Here is the detail schedule of the Western Kentucky University Business Competition Plan 2014 :




   Kentucky State 2013 Winner ($35,000)

    Kyle O'Donnell (MBA Student)
    Create a sustainable sock manufacturing company in                           Kentucky

    More information about Kyle's Business Plan here






Western Kentucky University 2013 Winners

Kyle O'Donnell (MBA Student)
Create a sustainable sock manufacturing company in Kentucky

Blake Wheeler, (Business Administration major)
Makes Kentucky State Roads safer high-technology Automotive Ignition Interlock Device Company

Willis Holmes (Industrial Education major)
Competed with his Internet Device, a more efficient replacement for desktop machines which would save electricity and money for K-12 schools


Western Kentucky University 2012 Winners

Wining ideas were awarded for business plans and concepts at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Jacob Hildebrant
Higher Education Associates - Venture to provide quality control for online education.

Harold Maxwell
"Aqua Green" - Combined hydroponics and aquaculture operation; now entering the second year of operation.

Ben Arch and Nick Burnett
Impact Energy - Gas turbine electrical generation.

Elisa Levine
Looking Glass Bookstore - Combination café and bookstore





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