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MSU students win big at Idea State U finals

Bev-McCormick-Stefan-Kwiecinski-Kyle-McGlothin-and-Janet-Ratliff.jpgMorehead State University had two teams place at state finals for IDEA STATE U Saturday, April 22, in Lexington.

IDEA STATE U is a business venture competition that allows young entrepreneurs to create and present a business plan or model. Students spend the semester developing their business plan or model, while receiving guidance by Dr. Janet Ratliff, assistant professor of management/entrepreneurship; and Dr. Beverly McCormick, professor of real estate studies; from the School of Business in the College of Business and Technology.

Two groups were named a winner in their respective area of competition.

In Business Plan Competition, winners were:

Janet-Ratliff-Michael-Tyler-Edlin-Adolfo-Enrique-SamudioCano-and-Bev-McCormick-Embed.jpgIn third place and winner of $10,000 was Mechatraining (Michael Edlin, junior design manufacturing engineering technology major from Elizabethtown; and Adolfo Enrique SamudioCano, international graduate student seeking a Master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Mexico City, Mexico). In addition, Mechatraining was recognized for its 60 second business pitch and received a $100 gift card.

In Business Model Competition, winners were:

Finishing in second place and winner of $5,000 was The GuardBox (Kyle McGlothin, junior in high school from Richmond, and Stefan Kwiecinski, freshman from Richmond). Kwiecinski is enrolled in MSU’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, a dual-credit residential high school.

Placing fourth and winner of $1,000 was A & J's Animal Shelter Academy (Isabella Stephens, senior general business major from Morehead, and Karlee Crose, senior marketing major from Nashville). In addition, A&J’s Shelter Academy was recognized for their 60 second business pitch and received a $100 gift card.

Additional information is available from Ratliff at 606-783-2390

Left: Pictured from left to right: Janet Ratliff, Michael Tyler Edlin, Adolfo Enrique SamudioCano and Bev McCormick.
Right: Pictured from left to right: Bev McCormick, Stefan Kwiecinski, Kyle McGlothin and Janet Ratliff.

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