Louisiana Tech searching for Top Dawgs

September 30, 2014




Staff Reporter


Louisiana Tech is looking for innovative entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas, which could lead them down a path of opportunities.


On Oct. 28 in University Hall, students will be able to pitch business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to compete in the TOP DAWG New Venture Championship in April, where the best ideas win cash or other prizes.


“It’s kind of like an old fashioned social studies fair,” said Debbie Inman, coordinator of entrepreneurial studies at Tech. “You set up a small display board or laptop in your provided space to get your idea across.”


According to the official rules, teams will get five minutes to pitch their original concepts, and be judged on things like display, delivery ability, eye contact and confidence.

Inman instructs entrepreneurship and human resource management courses geared specifically toward new enterprises.


Entry, rule and schedule forms can all be found online on Bulldog Entrepreneurs ‘Facebook page. Eligible contestants include students and alumni of up to one year.

Teams are must turn in an entry form by Oct. 5 at the College of Business building, Room 218 C.

After entry forms are turned in, Inman will host training seminars and mock idea pitches to help ready contestants for the actual presentation.

“If you’re just going to be a copycat of things that are already out there, there is not a lot to capture the attention of the customers,” Inman said.

The idea pitch event began at Tech in 2002 to call attention to entrepreneurship on campus.

“Students would come in and say ‘I have this good idea, what do I do with it?’” Inman said. “(The idea pitch) increases awareness about new ideas, creativity, innovation.”

Inman said the idea pitch is the qualifying event for the New Venture Championship in the spring.

In last year’s New Venture Championship, Inman said Bulldog Entrepreneurs gave away cash and prizes totaling $10,000.

One example of opportunity through the TOP DAWG Idea Pitch is the previous New Venture champion, PathoRadar which is now competing for $25,000 in a new competition called the Louisiana Startup Prize.

Inman credited the process which begins with the idea pitch that led to PathoRadar gaining access to a network geared toward helping Tech’s young entrepreneurs get a head start with their business ideas.


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