ESU Selected to Coordinate Next Two Student Business Plan Competitions

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East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania was selected to coordinate the 2014 and 2015 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Student Business Plan Competitions, which will be spearheaded by Carter McClure, manager of ESU’s Business Accelerator Program.

The PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition is an annual competition for state system students who are interested in starting or growing their own business. Funding is available to support students in their business development efforts. Start-up capital and in-kind prizes are awarded to student business finalists. Prizes for the PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition includes: $10,000 for first place; $5,000 for second place; and $2,500 for third place.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Office of the Chancellor will provide funding to support the Entrepreneur Leadership Coordinator position in an amount not to exceed $30,000 per year for salary and benefits. The funding will be available for a minimum of two years. McClure will manage the competition with the new ELC coordinator on this exciting project. ESU served as the coordinator of the first PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition in 2011, followed by Shippensburg University in 2012-2013.

ESU students have exceled in each competition. Jonathan Weber won in 2011, Thomas Rounsville took second place in 2012 and Jonathan Morales was a finalist in 2013.