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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Henderson Resident Wins 2010 UT Tyler Big Idea Challenge
Senior psychology major Chez Prior of Henderson took the $1,000 first-place prize in the 2010 Big Idea Challenge Competition.
Twenty-two student-groups envisioned an innovative business idea and presented their idea to a panel of judges representing the business community. The event, which is annually sponsored by the College of Business and Technology, was open to both UT Tyler students and area college students.
“Sign On,” Prior’s idea, is an economical light device to help make real estate advertisements visible at night.
This year’s judges were Dr. Greg Clary, Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship director; Don Proudfoot, Tyler Junior College Small Business Development Center director; Price Arrendondo, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce – Hispanic Business Services director; and Ronda Reynolds, UT Tyler technology commercialization manager.
This is the third year UT Tyler has held the event.
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.