The Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising at UNO's College of Business Administration held its second annual Maverick Business Plan Competition.
The competition encourages the development of new ventures by students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Peter Kiewit Institute. Students submitted written business plans, and six finalists were selected and presented their plans to more than 120 students and a panel of judges from the Omaha business community and UNO alumni network.
The finalists competed Thursday for prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
The winners, all from UNO:
>>Keith Fix, 'Chief Blab' of Blab Inc. and senior management student, who placed first for his business, Blab Inc. It's an interactive advertising platform that empowers advertisers to reach a captive audience through digital media screens located in high traffic reception areas.
>>Yanjun Lin, a junior banking and investments student, who finished second with her plan for The International Students Online Service Station. The station is supposed to bring many services desired by international students into one convenient website, assisting with roommate selection, books resales, dining, shopping and chat sites.
>>Brian Tipton, a senior biology major, who placed third with his business, Zonkey Skateboard, a manufacturer of high-end long-boards. The three-foot skateboards are handcrafted from a variety of woods and designed to cruise longer distances.
"I am really pleased, not only with the quality of plans that were submitted this year, but the diversity of majors and ideas we received," said Dale Eesley, director of the Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship and Franchising. "Our mission is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking throughout the university."
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