Startup Weekend at FHSU produces 3 entrepreneurial business plans
The College of Business and
Entrepreneurship hosted the first-ever Startup Weekend in western Kansas on
November 15-17 in McCartney Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.
Thirty-one participants, including FHSU students and alumni, pitched business
ideas and formed teams to transform those ideas into functioning businesses.
Business concepts included a shared workspace for IT students and
professionals, an indoor play space for kids and families, and a mobile
application for person-to-person textbook sales. Teams worked Friday evening to
Sunday evening, and several worked with few breaks and little sleep. FHSU
faculty, alumni and local business owners provided input, suggestions and
advice to the teams as business plans were developed.
Teams competed Sunday evening in presentations to a panel of judges comprised
of local and regional business leaders. The top three teams were:
• First Place -- Mobile Mouse, an application to make any
smart phone a point and click mouse for presentations.
• Second Place -- Equance, a line of high-end horse-tack
jewelry for horse owners.
• Third Place -- Wilson's All American Grill, a gourmet food
truck serving Hays and other college venues.
The event was challenging -- and it was fun, too. Most of the participants
intend to launch their ideas and have begun working with outside resources,
including the FHSU Small Business Development Center, NetWork Kansas, the FHSU
Management Development Center, and Mapes and Miller, LLP, to take the next
steps to make their ideas a reality.
The College of Business and Entrepreneurship will host another event in April
2014 and hopes to grow the event to include participants from across western
Kansas, as well as individuals from other areas of expertise, including
accounting, arts, design and finance.