NACCE Announces Winners of Student Competitions
Friday, November 1, 2013
Posted by: Jeanne Yocum
MA – November 1, 2013 – The National Association
for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused
on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced the
winners of its two inaugural annual national competitions for community college
students who are actively pursuing entrepreneurship education at their schools.
Students from throughout the country competed for cash prizes during the competitions,
and winners were announced at NACCE’s Annual Conference, held in Charlotte, NC,
first-ever Student FastPitch
Competition required student entrepreneurs to develop a short presentation
(approximately five minutes), in which they succinctly got their message across
to potential "investors.” To enter, students had to submit an executive summary
of their business idea. A panel of judges selected the best entries, which
advanced to the semi-finals. Semi-finalists presented their FastPitch elevator presentations at the
NACCE2013 Conference. This competition was generously supported by the John E.
and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation and Catawba Valley Community
winner of NACCE’s 2013 Student FastPitch
Competition is Michelle Bernard, of Catawba
Valley Community College. She was awarded $1,000 for her FastPitch presentation on her business, Spellcast Farm, which she plans to become an integrated,
sustainable farming model to convert plant materials.
NACCE Student FastPitch Competition contenders receiving awards include:
winning $600 - Sebrina Brooks, Catawba
Valley Community College, for "A Peaceful Passage Transportation Service,” which
offers reliable, economical transport services at the end of life
winning $400 - Joyce Mallery, Dakota County Technical
Rosemount, MN, for "DJ Bungee Thing-a-ma-Jigs,” which will manufacture reusable,
eco-friendly shock cord fasteners.
winning a $200 gift certificate - Paul Fuselier,
Catawba Valley Community College, for his business, Truck Stop, which will
be a full-service, destination truck stop for truck drivers in North Carolina. Augusoft, which donated the gift
certificate, is an enrollment management software, and has been a long-time
sponsor of NACCE’s annual conference.
NACCE2013 Student Video Essay Contest was designed to empower students to
proactively engage in developing the future of entrepreneurship in their
education programs on campus. For this first-ever competition, students prepared
a one-to-three-minute-video on a selected topic that demonstrated the approach
they would take to promote entrepreneurship at their community college. The
winner of the NACCE2013 Student Video Essay Contest is Natasha Salley, of Indian River State College,
Fort Pierce, FL. She received $1,000 for her video in which she talked about her desire to move
from the classroom to the boardroom and how learning by doing in the incubator
at IRSC’s Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation could help her
achieve this goal.
in as the runner-up in the video contest was a group of students from the CEO
Club at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, IA. Team
members were Dieuwertje
Boelen, Mason Powers, Rebecca Herwig, Brady Christianson, Jordan Rutherford, William
O'Loughlin, and Jordan Van Horn. Their video
was about the 2004 creation of the CEO Club at NIACC; CEO stands for College
Entrepreneurs’ Organization. According to the team members, "CEO is a chance
for young upstarts to put forward their business ideas, refine their resumes,
and become better readied for an adult work place in an adult world.”
Student Video Essay Contest was sponsored by NACCE and The George R. and Martha Means Center for
Entrepreneurial Studies at Illinois State University.
National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an
organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs,
focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus.
NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of
running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the
community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their
in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through
membership, an annual conference and exhibition, regional summits, a quarterly
journal, monthly webinars, a dynamic list-serv, and training resources, NACCE
serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and
successful practices regarding entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurship
education and student business incubation. These initiatives and resulting
actions advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member
colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America
For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com.
us at @NACCE, like us on facebook.com/NACCE, and join our LinkedIn group.
NACCE has over 300 member colleges,
representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 465,000 students