Competition Success Stories and Winners

In the 18 years that the Buerk Center has produced its annual Business Plan Competition, 4,091 students (1,278 teams) have participated in the spring event. We’ve awarded more than $1.2 million in seed funding to 139 winning teams, many of which have gone on to make us proud. Here are several success stories.

Sewing the Seeds of Change
Crowdfunding Scientific Discovery
Evergreens 2013
So Fresh and So Green
Kien Ha, Shabu Chic
Making Shabu “Chic”
Kien Ha, Shabu Chic
2008 competitor
Thinking Inside the Box
Jacqueline Gjurgevich and Carrie Ferrence, Stockbox Grocers
2011 competitor
Phillip Lee
Meet Your New Apartment: You’ll Love Her
Phillip Lee,
2007 competitor
Wearable Video Camera Defy Economic Gravity
Marc Barros, Contour
2003 competitor
Dan Price
Gravity at the Speed of Light
Dan Price, Gravity Payments
2007 competitor
Val Trask
For Loyalty’s Sake: Follow the Smartphone
Val Trask, Punchkeeper
2011 competitor
Creating a Company One T-Shirt at a Time
Jeff Becker, Kotis Design
2002, 2003 and 2004 competitor
Amber Ratcliff
Lacing Together the Business of NanoString
Amber Ratcliff
2003 competitor
Kids with Hats Are on Track
Kohl Crecelius, Krochet Kids
2008 competitor
Friends + Baseball Tickets = an Epic Idea
Scott Barrows and James Kimmel, Epic Seats
2005 competitor
Making a Successful Korea Change
Darien Brown, Wander
2010 competitor
Impel Image
Device Helps Drugs Jump the Blood-Brain Barrier
John Hoekman and Michael Hite
2008 competitor

You can also view a complete history of Business Plan Competition winners for each year.