The Emporia State School of Business has crowned the winners of their 2018 Entrepreneur Challenge.
The finale of the annual competition took place Tuesday morning in the Skyline Room of the Memorial Union. The top 19 teams in the competition came to present their ideas in front of ESU faculty, students and the competition judges. From the 19 original teams, four were selected to present a 3-5 minute pitch of their idea to those in attendance. The top three teams were then selected and awarded cash prizes with the top two advancing to the state competition in Manhattan next month.
One of the teams in the top four were Mason Esch and Austin Lingenfelter with their I-Matter app. I-Matter provides assistance to individuals suffering from mental disorders, connecting individuals with others suffering from disorders and even providing a list of qualified nearby professionals able to help. Lingenfelter says he and Esch were inspired after the passing of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whom Lingenfelter says was an inspiration for him in his own life.
The top three competitors were as follows.
In first place was Carissa McAfee receiving $2,500
Second place was DeWayne Sanford receiving $1,500
Third place went to Clinton Henderson receiving $500
McAfee and Sanford will present their ideas at the state competition at Kansas State in April.