Asbury Business Model Team Ranks Third in State Finals – Asbury University
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April 26, 2018

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From left: Aquille Trotman ’19, Julian Tellez ’19, Nick Kulaga ’19 and Will Henderson ’18 (Devon Long ’19 not pictured).

April 26, 2018

An Asbury University Business Model team placed 3rd in the Idea State U business competition finals last weekend. The competition included 30 teams of graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and universities from across the state. Asbury’s 3rd place-winning team, “National Water Pong League,” which received a prize of $3,000, includes Howard and Beverly Dayton School of Business students Will Henderson ’18, Nick Kulaga ‚‘19, Devon Long ‘19, Aquille Trotman ‘19 and Julian Tellez ‘19.

“Idea State U was a great experience, and it was an honor to represent Asbury at the state level,” Henderson said.

A statewide business plan competition, Idea State U encourages innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities. During the competition, teams presented their business ideas to local business leaders, who judged presentations based on the viability of the business idea, the effectiveness of communication, as well as the teams’ ability to successfully address any potential challenges to a successful business launch.

Asbury faculty advisors Mark Gill and Mike Ross mentored National Water Pong along with three additional Dayton School of Business teams competing at Idea State U. All Asbury teams presented exceptional, compelling business ideas. The additional teams included Avalon Community (an innovative solution, scientifically pairing college students with senior citizens, providing “watch-care” support at reasonable prices); New Life Lumber (a sustainable, cost-effective approach to re-purposing various wood products for new construction and retrofit); and SMSD – Where’s My Horse? (an innovative, app-based solution to tracking and quickly geo-locating expensive thoroughbred horses within a large horse farm).

“We are very proud of all of the Dayton School of Business teams, who demonstrated courage, tenacity, and business acumen in navigating their way through this difficult, state-wide competition,” said Asbury Professor Mike Ross. “They are all great representatives of the Dayton School of Business and Asbury University.”