Idea Farm Blitz Launches Third Annual Seed Project
The Center for Calling & Career hosted the Idea Farm Blitz, at which nine business ideas were presented by students, on Thursday, September 13, 2012. The evening launched the third annual Seed Project, Covenant College’s entrepreneurship initiative.
Paul Walters ’13, who won last year’s Seed Project, spoke at the start of evening, encouraging students to participate even if they fear their idea is insufficient. "I didn't think my idea was good enough," he said, "but I ended up walking away with ten thousand dollars."
Enoch Elwell ’10, a former Seed Project finalist who now works with the Company Lab, also spoke. "If you enjoy doing something,” he said, “you could make a business out of it, and pretty soon you could make your living off of it.”
The students who presented came from various majors, including business, computer science, English, and sociology. The presentations included both web-based and traditional start-up ideas for non-profit as well as for-profit businesses. Two of the ideas were not part of the evening’s schedule, but came from students in attendance who were inspired and stood to present after the scheduled presenters were finished.
Matt Pappas ’14 majors in business and was among the attendants of the evening. “It was interesting to hear from these creative people and see practical ways I could help them with their ideas,” he said.
"I never thought I would be doing something like this,” said Peter Bradshaw ’14, an English major who presented an idea, “but now I'm really excited about it."
"Now is the time to start building a team and the business plan," says Anthony Tucker, director of the Center for Calling & Career. "Whether for profit or not, the plan needs to demonstrate feasibility of team, market, and sustainability. Business plans are due in February and, given the nature of a thorough business plan, even five months is right around the corner."