Innovation Brings the Mustang Startup Community to a Tipping Point
SMU’s MBA Entrepreneurship Club hosted the 16th Annual Business Plan Competition at the James M. Collins Executive Education Center on February 17, 2017. The competition saw entries from SMU’s best and brightest innovators in the Cox School of Business and the Lyle School of Engineering, with concepts ranging from a mobile application designed to help find entertainment in your area to early cancer detection.
“Because of the unbridled enthusiasm of Cox and Lyle competitors, we are well on our way toward cementing SMU as one of nation’s elite entrepreneurial incubators,” remarked Mac Helms, MBA Candidate, Class of 2016. “I can say proudly that SMU is becoming a focal point for entrepreneurial activity in the Southwest. ‘Differentiate or die!’ is the mantra we’ve adopted. It definitely defined the strategies for this year’s event.”
2018:StreamChain, Carl Sykes, Sarah McKinnon, Ganesh Natesan 2017:Phylomics, Garrett Webb, Ben Herrmann, Ashley Tonti, Bhavesh Pranav 2016: Exchange Crate, Sherrie Johnson, Marc Orgass, Taylor Gillig 2015: BioLum, Edward Allegra, Jack Reynolds, Miguel Quimbar 2014: Virtual Vanity, Bailey Butzberger, Becky Ross, Brendon Salisbury, Jacob Hampton, Travis Kelley 2013: MyShopAssist, Todd Earsley, Sean Tremblay 2012: BoundAround, Adam Crishi, Robert Watts 2011: CarPulls: Chase LaFerney, Baxter Box, Matthew Vroom 2010: MP Flow: Jon Mueller, Matthew Vroom, Dr. Yildirim Hurmuzlu 2009: Collabpad: Alex Bagdan, Ryan Thrash 2008: Lab801: Alex Bagden, Chris Irvine, Matthew Vroom (non-student) 2007: Follow My Band: John Cole (undergrad), Jennifer McNabb, Rick Collins. 2006: Table Top Media: Shawn Gentry, Raymond Howard & Viren Balar 2005: CCD: Rodrigo Silva 2004: Texas Whitewater Stadium: Chris Hanna 2003: Hieroglyph Interactive: Craig York. 2002: FirstPass: Felipe Mendoza, Roy Hensley, Brian Doffing. 2001: Battlepaint: David VonZurmuehlen and David Lynch.