Asbury Project Conference Explores Marketplace Mission – Asbury University
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November 3, 2016

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From left: Julie Spaulding ’17, Jesse Peterson ’17 and Colton Cary ’17 were the grand prize winners of the 2016 Student Business Plan competition.

WILMORE, Ky. — Co-hosted by Asbury University, The Asbury Project conference will explore faith, business and social entrepreneurship on Nov. 10 and 11. Registration is free and open to the community (closing at midnight on Nov. 4). Click here to register now. 

In partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary, The Asbury Project will include panel discussions, seminars and talkback sessions and a student business plan competition. Guest speakers include Dwight Gibson (CEO, The Exploration Group); Chris Horst (Vice President of Development, HOPE International); and Lonnie Riley (Director, Meridzo Center Ministries).

In the business plan competition, teams of Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary students will earn real-time experience presenting their ideas before a live audience. The competition allows students to propose a business plan that solves a social problem, makes a profit and inspires innovative transformation in the world. Students will compete for a total of $10,000 in prizes to use to launch their businesses.

“The Asbury Project allowed my teammates and me to network with some very well-established businessmen and entrepreneurs in this area, opening doors that would have never been opened to us if we hadn’t participated,” said Colton Cary ’17, a member of last year’s grand prize-winning team. “It also allowed us to meet fellow students from the Seminary who were interested in social change and were motivated to see that change happen in the world.”

Carey says the student business plan competition also offers valuable experience in making a presentation — a skill all business students will use in their careers.

“It was extremely difficult to prepare for this presentation because I had to be so well-rehearsed,” Cary said. “But it also ensured that every presenter at the competition had spent a long time preparing to present their ideas, so the judges and other audience members were able to hear 10 very well thought-out ideas from the people who were most passionate about them.”


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