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April 6, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
News and Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769

UT Tyler to Host 'Big Idea' Business Competition for Students, Community

The University of Texas at Tyler School of Business Administration will host the Big Idea Challenge Competition for university, area college students and the community, Dr. Isaura Flores, assistant professor of management and competition director, announced.


The competition will be 2 – 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in the UT Tyler Business Building, room 158. Those interested must pre-register for the event by e-mailing Flores, iflores@uttyler.edu.


“The Big Idea Challenge is a marvelous opportunity for our students, their peers and the entire Tyler community to develop and promote business ideas in a competition,” said Dr. Mary Fischer, UT Tyler College of Business and Technology interim dean.


Contestants have a chance to win awards and cash prizes. First place will receive a $500 cash prize, and second place will receive $300.


Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 12, 2009.


Participants will envision an innovative business idea and present their idea to a panel of judges representing the business community. They will obtain feedback and options to help them develop a complete business plan.


This is the second year the school has held the competition.


By participating, students will gain access to networks of successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors, have an opportunity to learn greater team-building and business planning skills and gain media exposure for their entrepreneurial goals, according to Flores.


“Just like last year, local entrepreneurs and business owners are invited and encouraged to participate as judges and/or sponsors,” she added.


For more information, call 903.565.5834.


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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