October 09, 2007

Neeley Entrepreneurs Get their Two Minutes Worth

The TCU CEO (Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization) held it's second annual Elevator Pitch Competition on September 25, with three fast-talking students coming out the winners.

For the competition, Neeley Entrepreneurship students had two minutes to leave judges with more answers than questions about the business opportunity they pitched. Judges included: Barry Davis, CEO of Crosstex Energy; Tommy Glenn, Angel Investor and Entrepreneur; and Joe Monteleone, Executive Director for the Morris Foundation.

The top winner was Chris Sterling, who won $500. Second place and $300 went to Matt Rettke. Third place went to Jacob Watson for $200. All three will take their elevator pitches to the CEO SM National Convention in Chicago in November, to compete for cash prizes from $500 to $2,500.

The mission of CEO SM , which has chapters in 135 university campuses across North America, is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. TCU has the largest CEO, with more than 60 members.

Each year, more than 1,200 students, faculty and others interested in entrepreneurship attend the national conference. Over 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders share their ideas and expertise with students on how they launched their businesses, the lessons they've learned, and where they are today.  The annual CEO SM Conference also offers students the opportunity to network with peers nationwide. 


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU