The fifth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge brought together dozens of student entrepreneurs yesterday at the Opus College of Business for a chance at some $48,000 in scholarships at the University of St. Thomas.
The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is named for 1966 St. Thomas graduate Ron Fowler, chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments and owner of the San Diego Padres. Students who participate in the challenge develop and submit a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business.
Entries are judged on their originality, clear and compelling value proposition, competitive advantage, market opportunity and feasibility. Last years graduate level winner Aaron Engler recently turned his idea for a mobile restaurant management system into reality.
Below are some of the technology related ideas introduced at the 2013 Fowler Business Concept Challenge:
Finance major Benjamin Carlson won first place in the social division for Fetch by Getitlocal. Fetch is designed to connect consumers with local small businesses through the use of a free online platform for businesses to display inventory. Consumers would go online to find products and services from local companies and order or pick them up, not waiting days or weeks for delivery.
Ajay George, a Graduate Student in Software Engineering, earned second place in the grad level for Qronikle — a mobile app service that allows car owners to easily track the health of their vehicle in real time.
Entrepreneurship students Kara Gamelin & Katie Hasslinger placed for Simpliform Solutions — a web suite for college and university activity boards to better manage their operations.
Doctoral graduate Nicolas Styles erned 4th place in the social division for Gamification, an app that lets parents control their children’s interactive play by creating individualized stories played on tablets and smart phones. Selecting animated graphics and using their own voice to narrate, parents will produce interactive stories tailored to each child’s learning needs.
Undergrads Kyle Andrews & Robert Mason came in 3rd place with OneU – four year degree planner for college students to be able to instantly generate combinations of major & minor from various universities