John Brown University Teams Dominate 2011 Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter  on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011 2:39 pm  

"We set goals to first do well in class, and we got A's," he said of his team's business plan. "Then we wanted to do well in this competition. We put in 17 to 20 hours a week last fall, and dedicated it to God. We recognize that God blesses those who honor him."

Dennison even received a job offer before he left the Wally Allen Ballroom following the luncheon. He plans to give his new startup a go, first, though.

The competition began earlier this spring with 50 teams representing seven Arkansas colleges and universities -- JBU, UA, SAU, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas Tech University, Harding University, Henderson State University and Hendrix College.

The initial 50 entries were whittled down last week to six finalists in both divisions, each of whom participated in Wednesday's elevator pitch competition. Other undergrad finalists included Here to Last from Harding; Buck Nekkid BBQ, UA, and BEAST Technologies, Harding. Other grad finalists included Kigali Coffee, Hendrix, and Integration Enterprises, UALR.

Arkansas teams have fared well recently in the Tri-State competition, winning the 2008 graduate top prize, the 2009 undergrad and graduate top prizes plus the elevator pitch competitions in both divisions, and both divisional top prizes in 2010.   

The Arkansas competition is presented by Arkansas Capital Corporation.



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