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February 26, 2010

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler to Host 2010 Big Idea Challenge

The University of Texas at Tyler College of Business and Technology invites both university and local college students to participate in the annual UT Tyler Big Idea Challenge Competition for a chance to win awards and cash prizes, Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean, announced. 

The competition is 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, April 23 in the UT Tyler University Center Ballroom. Students must pre-register for the event by contacting Dr. Isaura Flores, UT Tyler assistant professor of management and competition director, iflores@uttyler.edu. Student teams will envision an innovative business idea, develop it into a written business plan and present their idea to a panel of judges representing the business community.

“This competition gives our students and other local students the chance to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship – two processes that play a central role in economic development,” Doty said. “As we begin to move into and through the next decade, identifying new business opportunities and developing these new opportunities into successful new business ventures will be critical elements in America’s efforts to remain globally competitive.”

Registration deadline is Friday, April 2. 

Local entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to participate as judges and/or sponsors.

“This competition seeks to encourage entrepreneurial innovations in college and university students in East Texas,” said Flores. “Those involved in the competition will gain access to network of successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors; have the opportunity to learn greater team-building and business planning skills and gain media exposure for their entrepreneurial goals.”

For additional 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. More than 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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