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2017 Entrepreneurship Showcase Features Experts

2017 Entrepreneurship Showcase featured four expert presentations

School of Business students got a special treat when four entrepreneurial experts brought their talents directly to the classroom.

Interdisciplinary learning project students from Ms. Maggie Abney’s Entrepreneurial Finance (FIN 310) and Ms. Laural Barthel’s Entrepreneurship (CCT 270) collaborative classes engaged in showcase presentations live or via Skype:

  • Dr. Jim Larsgaard, with EKU, has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years and has developed several products. His most recent product is the SnapEz, which is a specialized snap separation tool that will separate snaps that are loose in the base material (e.g., boat hull), in rotted or weak tarps, or even hard to separate snaps, all without coming in contact with the base material.
  • From early on Andrew Pennington was a determined entrepreneur. While at EKU as a student, Andrew started a business that won the Collegiate Business Concept competition and still operates today. Also while at EKU he was selected to attend an Entrepreneurship Fellowship at Stanford University. After his 2013 graduation he extended his entrepreneurial ventures to include a salvage grocery reclaim business, which has since been sold. Currently, he is part owner of a successful online business and Corbin city commissioner (youngest elected official in the city’s history).
  • Keith Siverra is a data-driven marketer with 15 years of experience. Keith's career has focused on driving growth in the sports nutrition, health and fitness, automotive, and wine and spirits industries. A Quinnipiac University grad, Keith has his Bachelor's of Science in Business Management.
  • Ben Wheeler is one of the most recent Vending Industry Hall of Fame Inductees. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Grasshopper (Automated Vending Technologies). He has over 18 years of experience in vending and kiosk new product introduction. He has been a part of the development and implementation of Wendy’s QSR, Redbox, Kodak Picture Maker, MinuteKey-Key Duplication, and many more. 

As the showcases got underway, Barthel explained that "The student teams are comprised of students in an Entrepreneurship course and an Entrepreneurial Finance course. Together they have created business ideas. They are developing the business
model of the idea."

Today's Entrepreneurship Showcase was created to provide an opportunity for successful entrepreneurs to share their expertise and advice to the student team on their startup idea. Using a conversational approach, presenters shares insights on how to get started, associated costs, success factors, and common pitfalls - with plenty of time for questions from the students.

Barthel continued, "Students will be learning from this event the process and resources they would need to start their business in the respective industry."

Published on September 27, 2017

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