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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.

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Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Coach app wins first place

This post is by Jeff Pesek / TECHdotMN Co-founder and originally appeared there last Friday.


Video source: Fowler Challenge

The fourth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge both commenced and consummated [last Friday], with Aaron Engler’s ‘Coach app’ coming in at first place on the graduate level, earning the MBA student a $10k scholarship award.

Described as a “the restaurant managers playbook,” Engler’s idea is to provide chain restaurants with a mobile business intelligence system that aggregates all the pertinent information they need to know to optimize their venue — POS, labor, sales, product spec, service times, etc. Continue Reading

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The 2012 Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Competition is Underway

Nick Wagner and John Beitelspacher (two in center), winners of the 2011 Fowler Business Concept Challenge Graduate Division, pose with Dean Puto (far left) and Dr. David Deeds (far right). Not pictured: Jesse Sumstad. Photo courtesy of Tom Whisenand, University of St. Thomas.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge, which awarded $39,000 in scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas in 2011, is underway.

Launched in 2009, the annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge is named in recognition of Ron Fowler ’66, chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments Inc., whose generous gift to the university has made this and future competitions possible.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge asks students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable high-growth business. The teams that submit the winning business concept in each of two divisions (undergraduate and graduate) receive $10,000 University of St. Thomas scholarships. Continue Reading

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Fowler Follow-up: Michael + Susan Wuollett – Protégé Biomedical

Editor’s note: The 2012 Fowler Business Concept Challenge is coming up quickly and Opus Magnum will be highlighting a few past winners here over the coming days in hopes of inspiring entries for this year – from both the undergraduate and graduate populations on campus here at UST.

In 2010, husband-and-wife team Michael and Susan Wuollett, ’10 M.B.A. entered their idea for the Styptic Fibrin Bandage (a product that rapidly stops bleeding in minor cuts and other wounds), into the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. They took first place and received so much encouragement from the judges that they decided to pursue the business idea.  Two years later, they are ready to bring their RapidClot™ Blood Coagulant Products (under the company name Protégé Biomedical) to market.

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Fowler Follow-up: Midwest Tomato Fest

Editor’s note: The 2012 Fowler Business Concept Challenge is coming up quickly and Opus Magnum will be highlighting a few past winners here over the coming days in hopes of inspiring entries for this year – from both the undergraduate and graduate populations on campus here at UST.

We have posted about the Midwest Tomato Fest a few times and wanted to highlight their presentation at the 2011 Challenge.

Kamal Mohamed wowed judges at the 2011 Fowler Business Concept Challenge with his highly creative business concept, Midwest Tomato Fest. He pitched it as, “A tomato fight to fight hunger,” as the event uses inedible tomatoes and donates a percentage of the proceeds to feeding the hungry. His presentation included some great video clips of the 2011 festival and was full of energy and enthusiasm. Kamal was awarded the third place $2,500 scholarship and the $1,000 best presenter award.

Check out his presentation:

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Fowler Business Concept Challenge 2011 underway with informational session today

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Derek Buschow, left, and Jeremiah Messerer, founders of Hyier.com, were the winners of the Fowler Business Challenge in 2009. / Photo by Thomas Whisenand.

The third annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, which awarded more than $65,000 in scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas in 2010, is underway with the first of several informational sessions on the UST Minneapolis campus being held today.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge, in association with the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, will host the informational session from 5 to 6 p.m. in Schulze Hall #335. Professors and past participants will provide information and answer questions about the challenge. Other informational sessions are listed on the Fowler Challenge website. The challenge is held in October.

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Fowler Business Concept Challenge energizes entrepreneurial spirit

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The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is pleased to announce the second annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, with a top prize of a $10,000 scholarship.

Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the competition will challenge students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business. The teams that submit the winning business competition in each of two divisions (undergraduate and graduate) will receive $10,000 scholarships from the University of St. Thomas.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge will be held during the month of October 2010. It is open to all UST students registered for the fall 2010 semester, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Continue Reading