GLENVILLE — A Glenville State College scholar has gained $15,000 to assist launch her enterprise.
Avalon Inexperienced competed within the West Virginia Enterprise Plan Competitors hosted by the Encova Middle for Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the West Virginia College John Chamber Faculty of Enterprise and Economics.
Inexperienced, who’s making an attempt to launch a line of efficiency golf attire for ladies beneath the moniker Avalon Inexperienced Attire, was offered $10,000 in prize cash as a part of the competitors. She additionally obtained one other $5,000 from 3 Steps to Startup through the awards ceremony.
“I sat down and thought, what does the girl golfer need? What do I need? So, then I constructed the design from my wants and the wants of different feminine golfers who I’ve recognized as a result of style has all the time been constricting girls, particularly feminine athletes. Lively girls want practical style, but additionally style that feels and appears good,” Inexperienced stated. “I noticed the necessity and determined I used to be going to repair it. I stated to myself, I’m going to unravel this drawback and provides girls one thing they deserve,” Inexperienced stated. “The most effective half is after I meet different women and so they see the designs and so they say, “oh my gosh. That is it.’”
Inexperienced is devoted, in line with Mark Sarver, an affiliate professor of enterprise at Glenville State.
“From the second Avalon walked into my workplace sporting a prototype of her clothes line, she devoted herself to not solely successful the competitors however absorbing a lot new information and enter from everybody who assisted her,” Sarver stated. “She synthesized that right into a successful marketing strategy and “Shark Tank” type pitch.”
Glenville State additionally had 4 college students compete within the West Virginia Innovation and Enterprise Mannequin Competitors at Marshall College. Marcus Kelley, Marshawn Kelley, Trenton Holcomb and Jonathon Williams had been awarded $1,000 and a third-place place within the competitors.
Their idea, the SCup, is a brand new enterprise that goals to handle security and safety in public settings. The SCup is a restaurant-style beverage container with a lid that makes use of processors and circuits to inform the proprietor when the lid is eliminated with out authorization, serving to forestall the proprietor from ingesting doped or poisoned drinks.
The 4 college students additionally made a presentation on the West Virginia Enterprise Plan Competitors for the SCup and had been awarded a further $750 from the Robert E. Yancey Sr. Entrepreneurship Endowment via the Marshall College Basis.
Marcus Kelley is a senior who will graduate this month with a bachelor’s of science in behavioral science with a felony justice minor. Marshawn Kelley is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s of science in enterprise administration in sport administration with a minor in psychology. Holcomb is a freshman searching for a bachelor’s of science in felony justice with a focus in subject forensics. Williams is a freshman searching for a bachelor’s of science in enterprise administration diploma with a minor in administration.
“I’m extraordinarily happy with the accomplishments of those college students. Avalon has an unmatched ardour for her startup and that exhibits via in all elements of her marketing strategy…her pitch video is top-notch, her presentation is heartfelt, and her thought is strong,” Glenville State President Mark A. Manchin stated. “The 4 gents who’re conceptualizing the SCup system are working to carry an progressive product to market. I’ve watched all of those college students refine their concepts, using not solely what they’re studying right here at Glenville State College, but additionally incorporating suggestions from Dr. Sarver and people they’ve been networking with. I sit up for seeing the place they take these concepts.”
Seven groups from varied schools and universities in West Virginia competed for the $42,500 in prize cash as a part of the Enterprise Plan Competitors.