Area entrepreneurs reach finals at UW competition

Area entrepreneurs reach finals at UW competition

Five University of Wyoming student teams will present a wide range of business plans Friday, April 4, during the John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition at the College of Business Building.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. in Room 123. Awards will be presented at 1:45 p.m.

One of the finalists includes three students with Star Valley ties as they promote their idea referred to as BusMark. According to a release from UW, “BusMark is a student management system that provides bus transportation information in real time for parents. The market for school bus fleet and student management systems is new, and parents will be able to determine where the school bus and their child is when traveling, say team members. With GPS information becoming more appealing to parents as technology advances and safety issues loom, BusMark provides a student management system that will fulfill a market need and solve current and future problems faced by school administrators, they say.”

Team members are Conner Chas Hunsaker, a UW accounting junior from Afton; Brad Kovach, a UW computer science senior from Auburn; and Zane Erickson, a UW business administration junior, also from Auburn.

“Conner and Zane approched me with the idea because I’m a computer programmer,” Kovach said.  Conner and Zane are both bus drivers with the Albany County School District and they saw and identified some issues with institutional transportation with students and we thought this would be a good way to use mobile technology to keep track of students.”

The group has been working on the concept since early November with the payoff coming this weekend. If they are successful, there will be an award of $12,500 to help develop and implement BusMark as well as a year’s worth of free rent at the UW Business Center.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. in Room 123. Awards will be presented at 1:45 p.m.

The competition encourages students to act on their talents, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading businesses. The $30K competition awards cash prizes to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submit their business plans for new ventures that show significant business potential.

UW undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to enter the competition. Teams that combine members from various academic disciplines also are encouraged to compete. The John P. Ellbogen $30K Entrepreneurship Competition was known as the UW 10K Competition until 2011.

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Area entrepreneurs reach finals at UW competition

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