CentTank university business pitch competition winners announced
1st place ($3,000) – Trey Barstow, Hobbeez
2nd place ($1,000) – Lila Beavers and Sarah Philyaw, Louisiana Local Art Consultants
3rd place ($500) – Blake Smith, Experience in a Box
The CentTank competition was open to any Centenary undergraduate student and proposals from the finalists reflect the College’s rich liberal arts tradition, presenting products and services ranging from art consulting to sustainable energy to medical supply.
“It’s great to have expanded the Grand Prix university business pitch program to include Centenary College in 2019,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of EAP. “We are happy to help them build their entrepreneurship program by exposing students to an environment that fosters innovation.”
CentTank kicked off in January 2019 with a networking event helping students connect with local business professionals and entrepreneurs. The program continued through the spring semester with a series of workshops and mentoring sessions, and finalists were announced following the initial pitch submissions in mid-March. Teams will present their final plans to a panel of judges on the morning of April 13 and cash prizes and in-kind professional services worth over $4,000 will be announced at the awards banquet that evening.
The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) helps create wealth for entrepreneurs by analyzing viable ideas and products, matching them with informed investors, and nurturing them toward rewarding markets.