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Sources: Alexandrea Pearman, alexpear@k-state.edu;
and Chelsi Medved, cmedved@k-state.edu
Website: http://ksuceo.com/pitch

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

BIG IDEAS CAN BE WORTH CASH IN NEW CAMPUS ENTREPRENEUR COMPETITION

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University students are getting the chance to turn their big ideas into cash.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, offered through K-State's College of Business Administration, is sponsoring the CEO Elevator Pitch Competition. Students are invited to submit two-minute videos of a sales pitch for a business idea.

"Videos should address the business idea the student wants to accomplish, the technology or strategy to be used to launch this business, what its competitive advantage is, what market niche it will fill and how the business will make money," said Alex Pearman, senior in entrepreneurship, Shawnee, and president of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, also known as CEO.

The video pitches must be submitted by midnight Thursday, Oct. 18. The full guidelines for the competition are available on the competition's Facebook page at http://ksuceo.com/pitch.

The videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The individuals or groups behind the top 10 ideas will be asked to present their idea in a live round from 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the K-State Student Union. First place will receive $250; second place, $150; and third place, $100.

"CEO is a relatively new club and we seek to inspire the entrepreneur in all K-State students," Pearman said. "We would love to see participation from students in all disciplines campuswide -- not just from the College of Business Administration."

More information on the competition and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization is available by contacting Pearman at alexpear@k-state.edu or Chelsi Medved at cmedved@k-state.edu.