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Grace College Business Plan Competition

The Grace College Business Plan Competition is a Shark Tank-like event that challenges business students to think like a CEO, innovate like an entrepreneur, and pitch like a salesman for the chance to win up to $14,000 in prize money. All students are invited to participate in the competition, but entrepreneurial management majors are required to participate. Students begin preparing for the competition in October, and the college business plan competitors are narrowed down to the top four in the spring. In the weeks leading up to the competition, the Service Core Of Retired Executives (SCORE) visits the class and helps guide students through the process. When it comes to the final competition in mid-April, five businessmen and women are brought in as judges to determine a winner based on value proposition, competitive advantage, profitability, and an intangible factor during the competition.

Dr. Grossnickle who teaches the class and runs the competition said, “The students gain real-world experience and application, which allows them to create a full-time business or part-time business for themselves and others. We have past winners who are in business and are employing other people. This is a big deal at Grace and we are excited each year to see what the students come up with.”
Business Degree in Marketing Students presenting at table/booth. Grace College Academic Schools offer Christian Undergraduate Degrees.

2021 Winner: Mitchell Bowen Business Plan Competition

2021 Winner: Mitchell Bowen

1st Place Business Name: Recollection Project
Description: Business provides high detail art work for the travel industry, cities, and businesses.
Winner Bio: Mitchell Bowen (SR), Visual Communication and Design

Ninth-Annual Business Plan Competition
2021 2nd Place Winner: Mackenzie DeLong Business Plan Competition

2021 2nd Place Winner: Mackenzie DeLong

2nd Place Business Name: A Rae of Beauty
Description: Business idea follows a student licensed in two states for a plan for hairdressing, boutique, and hair braiding currently and after graduation.
Winner Bio: Mackenzie DeLong (SR) Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing, Master of Business Administration

The Grace College Business Plan Competition allows entrepreneur students to create a college business plan and submit it to win money.

2020 Winner: Jessica Vandenboom

Business Name: Color by Maze
Description: Software generated designs that can be colored with pencils.
Winner Bio: Jessica Vandenboom (SR), Facility & Event Management, Marketing

Eighth-Annual Business Plan Competition
The Grace College Business Plan Competition allows entrepreneur students to create a college business plan and submit it to win money.

2019 Winner: Emily Anderson

1st Place Business Name: FOREVERGREEN Farms
Description: Provides potted Christmas trees to be rented or sold for the season. Unsold trees are re-planted and re-used. Plans to expand to a farm retail business.
Winner Bio: Emily Anderson (SR) Entrepreneurial Management

2nd Place Business Name: b. marie
Description: Provides women with upscale gowns at up-cycled prices. A traveling boutique with pop-up fashion shows and rolling inventory.
Winner Bio: Brookelyn Smith (SR), Entrepreneurial Management, MBA

Seventh-Annual Grace College Business Plan Competition
The Grace College Business Plan Competition allows entrepreneur students to create a college business plan and submit it to win money.

2018 Winner: Micah Bradley

1st Place Business Name: Barnwood Masters
Description: Using reclaimed materials from antique barns and other structures to create quality wood products and to supply usable lumber for home and business décor.
Winner Bio: Micah Bradley (SR), Entrepreneurial Management

2nd Place Business Name: STOPCART
Description: STOPCART’S primary objective is to provide a licensed product that reduces three main issues. These issues include the loss of shopping carts, injuries sustained through the use of shopping carts, and loss of cash flow, occurring at retail stores everyday
Winner Bio: Trevor Bowerbank (SO), Entrepreneurial Management

Sixth-Annual Grace College Business Competition
Business Plan Competition 2017-1st place- Matthew McNeal

2017 Winner: Matthew McNeal

Business Name: Backbone Custom Pedalboards
Description: Custom boards for those with a precise ear
Winner Bio: Matthew McNeal (SR), General Business and MBA student

Wes with Family, BPC 2016 - 1st place - Wesley Gensch

2016 Winner: R. Wesley Gensch

Business Name: CoolCorp
Description: Personal Cryotherapy Products
Winner Bio: R. Wesley Gensch (SR), Sport Management, Business Administration

BPC 2015 - MudLove Colorado 1st place-Daniel Sponaugle

2015 Winner: Cassandra Jensen and Daniel Sponaugle

Business Name: MudLOVE
Description: Handcrafted clay jewelry
Winner Bio: Cassandra Jensen (SO), Marketing, General Business Daniel Sponaugle (SR), Math Education

2014 Winner: Dennis Williams

Business Name: Book Vybz
Description: College/University textbook online service
Winner Bio: Dennis Williams (SR), Management of Information Systems, Business Administration, & Web Design & Development

Business Plan Competition 2013 - Eulalie 1st Place- Joy Itiola

2013 Winner: Joy Itiola

Business Name: Eulalie
Description: Design Company using African textiles
Winner Bio: Joy Itiola, Business Administration & Marketing