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SLU's Billiken Angel Network (BAN) Names Business Plan Winner

billiken-angel-network-krista-clement-2013-business-plan-winnerBAN Business Plan Winner 2013, Krista Clement

Saint Louis University’s Billiken Angel Network (BAN), an investor group created in 2008 that provides guidance and funding to rising businesses and individuals furthering economic growth in the region, has named Krista Clement, a graduating MBA student, as this year’s BAN Business Plan Competition winner.

The competition, open to all Saint Louis University students, selected the graduate business school student, Clement, to win $1,000 for her presentation of Helper Helper, a mobile application that will engage student athletes in performing and tracking community service hours.

All current Saint Louis University students were eligible to apply, and all types of student-owned business ideas were accepted. Projects presented ranged from data-driven technology to an idea based on refillable dry-erase markers. Once submitted, all entries were screened by the Billiken Angel Network Fellows, a group of volunteer business professionals and SLU alumni who routinely help with the review and analysis of investment and business opportunities. While only five teams were selected to compete on Saturday, May 11, all submission received feedback on their ideas from the screening judges. During the final presentations on Saturday, each team had 15 minutes to showcase their plan, followed by a 20 minute question and answer period with the judges.

“The competition was a great learning experience, and I got a lot of one-on-one feedback from the Billiken Angel Network Fellows,” said Clement.

“The opportunities made available in the SLU Entrepreneurship program over the past year have been amazing, and we plan to use the prize money to further develop Helper Helper.”

The second place team, Greg Keogh with Remarkable, was awarded $750, and the third place team won $600. Fourth and fifth place teams, as well as honorable mentions, also received cash prizes.

“The Billiken Angel Network was created in 2008 as part of the Entrepreneurship program at John Cook School of Business, with the main goal of making a difference through education and advice to current and future businesses in the region,” said Jerome Katz, Ph.D., director of the Billiken Angel Network.

“The student business plan competition is an excellent opportunity for Saint Louis University students to go through the process of developing, presenting and receiving feedback on their business idea. We hope the experience sparks their entrepreneurial spirit while providing them with the necessary tools for future business success.”

Any additional questions regarding the BAN Business Plan Competition should be directed to Dr. Jerome Katz at (314) 977-3864 or by emailing katzja@slu.edu

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Editor’s Note: Camilla Ferrario-Hall, Tyler Sonday, and Jeanette Grider contributed heavily to the writing and editing of this article.

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