CSU, Chico News

Student Entrepreneurs Test Their Ideas in Competition

Date: 11-15-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students with new business ideas will compete for prize money Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the bi-annual Business Concept Competition hosted by the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship.

The contest, at 7 p.m. in Butte Hall, room 104, is open to the public.

Eighteen finalists will be competing for a possible $1,500 in prize money. The finalists, all undergraduates, come from four colleges and bring a wide array of ideas to the contest.

Business ideas to be presented include phone apps, websites, engine starters, snowboard racks and even a new way to stir a cup of coffee.

One of the recent contest winners is current student Andrew Gazdecki, founder of the successful new Web-based start-up Bizness Apps http://www.biznessapps.com/.

One or more students will be awarded prize money depending on the strength of business ideas. Winners will be determined by a panel of four judges: Professor Daren Otten of the College of Engineering; Professor Bonnie Persons of the College of Business; Dan Ripke, director of the Center for Economic Development; and Dan Roberts, a local entrepreneur.

For more information, contact Peter Straus, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, at pstraus@csuchico.edu or 898-4835.