CIE Announces Winners of BIG Idea Competition Finals


by News Bureau on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 15, 2011 – Winner of the first-ever BIG Idea Competition have been announced by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University. Holt Walker of Jackson, Mo., was selected as the grand prize winner. In a two-minute elevator pitch student competition held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the following students successfully competed to claim top honors in their division: Walker, Richard Foote of Breese, Ill.; Delisal Cole of Lilbourn, Mo.; Jeff Crain of Cape Girardeau; Gabrielle Brown, Hua Huang of Sikeston, Mo.; Chris Carnell of Sikeston, Mo.; Phil Willmert of Jackson, Mo.; and Ricky Crews of Fredericktown, Mo. A panel of judges including Belinda McMurry, instructor of industrial and engineering technology, Dr. Camesha Hill-Carter, instructor of elementary, early, and special education; and Dr. Will Miller, assistant professor of political science, selected the winners.

These students will be eligible to compete in the Redhawk Open Business Plan Competition next semester for more prizes and recognition.

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