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Innovative Olympics inspires students

September 26, 2013

 

LAURA GUIDRY
Staff Reporter

 

Bulldog Entrepreneurs has been helping students to explore their creativity through an entrepreneurial outlet.

 

The Innovation Olympics will be sponsored by Bulldog Entrepreneurs and will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm in University Hall.

 

Each student who enters a completed Idea Pitch entry form will receive one raffle ticket for prize drawings.

 

Bulldog Entrepreneurs is a student run organization that encourages change, creativity and imagination.

 

BE holds entrepreneurship events including TOP DAWG Idea Pitch, TOP DAWG New Venture Championship and Be Your Own Boss Innovative Olympics.

 

Debbie Inman, Coordinator of Entrepreneurial Studies, states BE holds the Innovative Olympics to create awareness about entrepreneurship, innovation and the Louisiana Tech TOP DAWG Idea Pitch.

 

“During the Innovative Olympics, students play a series of games connected to entrepreneurship and innovation while visiting with real life entrepreneurs,” Inman said. “Entrepreneurs host game tables and talk about their entrepreneurial experiences as students play.”

 

During the event, winners of games will each receive raffle tickets which will be entered into prize drawings.

 

This year’s prizes include a $100 VISA card and a variety of gift certificates from local businesses.

 

Brandon Parker, a junior accounting major and member of Bulldog Entrepreneurs, explains the purpose of Be Your Own Boss Innovative Olympics.

 

“Innovative Olympics is an advertising pitch to help get students involved in the Idea Pitch, which leads to the TOP DAWG New Venture Championship,” Parker said.

 

Evan Puckett, a sophomore business management/entrepreneur major, discusses his company ConnectOne LLC, which was produced through the Idea Pitch and TOP DAWG New Venture Championship.

 

“Connect One LLC is an electronic accessory company that wholesales/develops products,” Puckett said. “Our first product, which is currently in the production phase is a double-male-ended auxiliary cord.”

 

Puckett believes that without the guidance of the TOP DAWG mentors, his company could not have been started.

 

“The preparation for the competition walks you through the steps of creating a successful business plan,” Puckett said. “The mentors are set in place to answer any questions you have and to challenge your thought process in order to better your business.”

 

ConnectOne LLC is launching this Black Friday with their ConnectOne AUX cord. Preorders will be available 20 days early for the special Black Friday price.  They will be found at Amazon.com and potentially BestBuy.com.

 

“I owe the success of ConnectOne LLC in large part to the TOP DAWG personnel,” Puckett said. “I encourage anyone going into any business or engineering field to enter this competition; even if it is just for the experience.”

 

Email comments to lgu006@latech.edu.

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