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Student Entrepreneurship Awards

2018

The annual awards presented by the JPEC are highly sought by the student entrepreneurs in the program. For them, receiving one of these awards is validation that they understand entrepreneurial principles and that they can build successful businesses. 

College of Business Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Kayla Kearns was named 2018 College of Business Student Entrepreneur of the Year for her business, Cool Aluminum Products. The selection committee was impressed with her entrepreneurial spirit, her commitment to academics, and her drive to develop a successful business. One product created by Cool Aluminum Products is a clip for a pool cue that shines a laser beam on the ball that the cue ball is lined up to hit. This innovative tool allows consumers to improve their pool skills by visually seeing where the cue ball will go.

Bart, Kayla, Randy

Bart, Kayla, and Randy at the award ceremony.

R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator Business of the Year

Tj Nissen was awarded R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator Business of the Year for 2018. His passion for his business, Network Nirvana, and his impact in developing a more vibrant entrepreneurial community in the Cedar Valley made him an easy choice for the selection committee. Tj pitching

Tj Nissen, owner of Network Nirvana.

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