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K-State Today

September 29, 2015

K-State Launch competition offers $20,000 prize pool for student entrepreneurial ideas

Submitted by Brent Fritzemeier

The Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship invites all K-State students with an entrepreneurial idea to compete for a prize pool of $20,000 in the 2015 K-State Launch competition.

To compete, students must submit a three-page executive summary on their idea, and pitch it to a panel of judges that consists of local entrepreneurs, bankers and investment experts. Last year the competition rewarded 38 students and 16 different business ideas with more than $20,000 in prize money.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at K-State. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of no more than four students.

"This competition is a great way to allow students to think creatively and explore their entrepreneurial spirits," said Chad Jackson, director of the Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship. "The real-world experience of pitching an idea in front of the type of experts we have on our panel is invaluable."

To register for the competition, visit k-state.edu/launch. Orientation sessions will be from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 in the Leadership Studies Town Hall, with the written plans due at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Finalists will be announced on Nov. 2 and will pitch their ideas to the judges panel from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at the K-State Alumni Center.