The Engler Open Quick Pitch Competition Winners
On March 13, 2018, Engler hosted the Engler Open, a Quick Pitch business competition for University of Nebraska – Lincoln undergraduate students who competed for one of three $1,000 awards. Students had to give a three minute pitch and then answer two minutes of questions from the panel of judges. A total of forty students pitched at the event held at Turbine Flats Project and were divided into five random groups that each faced two judges. After all of the students had presented, they then had the opportunity to sit down with the judges and gain valuable feedback about how to improve their ideas and presentations. All of the students who participated did a tremendous job and the panel of three judges were tasked with selecting two students from each group to move on to a finals round the same evening.
Cheyenne Gerlach, Agricultural Economics major from DeWitt, Neb won with her business Giving Gloves, which donates 25% of its profits of the sale of high-quality gloves to an organization that fights hunger in the customer’s home state.
Jake Wilkins, Ag Education major from Ainsworth, Neb., won with his business, Pik-Up. His business connects drivers of pick-up trucks and trailers to businesses that need products hauled all across Nebraska and the Midwest.
Audrey Foster, a Textiles, Manufacturing and Fashion Design major from Berwyn, Neb., won with her customized painted clothing business. The business fills a vacancy in the market for people who want one of a kind clothing creations.
2017 Quick Pitch with a New TwistWinners: Lindsay Sabatka, Kelsey Foster, Brittany Cihal
Students had the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial, communication, and presentation skills through a short “quick pitch” proposal for a new business venture during the finals on April 13, 2017. They delivered their pitch to a panel of entrepreneurially-minded leaders from Nebraska. The preliminary round was held at the tractor Museum and finals were held on the lawn of the Firethorn Resort. Both rounds were open to the public and finals included a dinner reception following awards.
Congratulations to Kelsey Foster, Lindsey Sabatka and Brittney Cihal who each received $1000 cash prizes! A fun and casual networking reception took place on the deck of the resort following the announcement of the winners.
2016 Business Plan ContestWinners: Grant Suddarth (1st) and Zach Settje (2nd)
At the Quilt Museum on Dec. 2, 2016, students gathered to give a 10 minute presentation about their business plan. These plans included financial outlooks, income statements, and more. Six finalists were chosen for a second round with new judges and the top two were awarded.
2016 Quick Pitch CompetitionWinners: Ashtyn Shrewsbury and Brennan Costello (Junior/Senior) and Kate Likens and Sarah Wollenburg (Freshman/Sophomore)
Students pitched their ideas in rounds to panels of judges for preliminaries, with a chance to win the final cash prize of $1000. The rounds were split into two sections, one for juniors and seniors, and the other for freshmen and sophomores. The event took place at the UNL East Campus Union on April 21st, 2016.