In January, over 30 teams of students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College began designing projects for the first-ever 3D Idea Competition. The field has been narrowed now to 20 semifinalists.
Judges announced the semifinalists Friday morning, considering concept, feasibility, market potential, business model and competition. The list of teams is as follows:
Team 2: Santana Reed
Team 4: Wookyung Lee
Team 5: Joohyung Yoo
Team 6: Steven Clark, Niwar Hamzani
Team 8: Sam Howard
Team 9: Joshua Williams
Team 12: Ross Phillips
Team 15: Wade Hanna, Carrie Kellie
Team 17: Jessica Brownlee, Nakita Elwood, Teri Whitson
Team 18: Savannah Engel, Kathryn Martin, Haley VonFeldt
Team 19: Aaron Freeze
Team 20: John Brownlee, Frances Mihulec
Team 21: Kelsey Bryson, Jennifer McNary
Team 22: Hank Osterout
Team 23: Soojin Bae, Jeffrey Miller, Preston Mossman
Team 24: Ben Bosworth, Zahidul Karim, Gunay Miriyeva
Team 26: Ikbal Ben Gaied Hassine, Kaisa-Triin Karu, Nizomiddin Kuchkarov
Team 27: Brady Batman
Team 28: Ethan Hall
Team 29: Davian Lawrence, Demico Lockett, Oladipo Olaonipekun
Team ID numbers were assigned and do not reflect their respective order moving into the semifinal round.
On KVOE's 9:05 am newscast Friday, ESU Dean of the Business School Dr. Kristie Ogilvie said this has quickly become a great way to teach about the business spirit.
Chamber President Jeanine McKenna says this is a big building block for fostering entrepreneurism down the road.
Nathan Woolard, ESU's Director of Leadership Studies in the Teachers College, was impressed by the range of projects submitted -- and those making it to the second round.
ESU marketing and recruitment coordinator Jessica Buchholz was also impressed by the entries and the process.
The venture idea competition teaches students what it takes to be an entrepreneur. It's a collaborative effort between the ESU School of Business and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce. It's also underwritten by ESB Financial, and Vice President Karen Sommers says the business jumped at the chance to be involved.
Semifinalists now will work on verbal pitches, which will take place before a judging panel early next month. The top three teams will move to the final round, including presentations at the 3D Gala on April 11 and a competition against teams from Kansas State University in late April. Teams are also in the running for cash prizes -- $4,000 for first, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third.