Audience at Crowell startup competition
On September 14, the Biola Startup Competition,, kick-off event opened with a standing-room only crowd of millennial entrepreneurs. Ideas buzzed and gelled as thoughts met skills and energy, and a new generation of innovators stepped forth.
Robert Harp, Director of Special Projects for the Crowell School of Business, inaugurated the event with this motivational quote, “‘It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.’ That’s why we’re here tonight — to make your ideas happen.”
With the energetic support of the Student Government Association, Taylor Stribbling, President, cheered her collegiate audience on to make this first competition a collaborative and competitive endeavor to inspire future classes of entrepreneurs.
Dr. Gary Lindblad, Dean, Crowell School of Business, challenged the audience to meet collaborators who could bring their ideas to fruition through their contagious energy and unique skill-sets.
Speaking from his personal entrepreneurial triumphs, guest speaker Ronnie Andrews, former CEO of Clarient Inc, inspired the next generation of entrepreneurs that dreams still can come true — for those who are willing to dedicate their time, talent and teamwork to make their ideas happen. He challenged the students to honor God in all that they do.
David T. Bourgeois, Undergraduate Chair, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Director of Innovation, Crowell School of Business, presented the competition format and eligibility requirements,
Cash prizes were announced for the winning teams:
  • First prize: $15,000
  • Second prize: $7,500
  • Third prize: $5,000
Brown & Streza LLP will also provide the 1st place winner of the Biola Startup Competition with a start-up package of legal in-kind services (valued at $10,000) and a complimentary consultation for each of the 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
The Biola Startup Competition, hosted by Crowell School of Business, is a faith-based business competition designed to help Biola students and alumni launch innovative, kingdom-minded businesses and nonprofits that have the potential to significantly impact the world for Christ.