New entrepreneur program is combined effort


A new business-education partnership in Emporia will bring academic opportunity to students of both Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. Dream It — Design It — Develop It, known as the 3D Event, is a new venture idea competition that is open to students from Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College. 

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Emporia State University School of Business for the event, which will also allow the winning Emporia teams to compete against teams from Kansas State University. 

“The School of Business is pleased to partner with so many different individuals and several organizations within the Emporia community to bring an event to our students that promotes entrepreneurial spirit and academic excellence,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the ESU School of Business. “Having the opportunity to offer the 3D competition to students from all disciplines from both ESU and Flint Hills Technical College will bring a healthy dynamic to the event.” 

The framework for the 3D event begins with participants, either individuals or teams up to three members, submitting a business plan that pitches a “big idea” to a panel of judges and qualifying for the next round in the competition. During the semifinal round, students will have three weeks to redefine their big ideas through faculty mentoring and workshops led by entrepreneurs in the community. 

The semifinalists then have 15 minutes to pitch their final business plans to a panel of judges and go through a series of questions and answers. The top three teams will pitch their ideas during a gala event April 11, 2014, at Emporia State University. 

Ultimately, the 3D competition focuses on teaching students what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Not only does this event give students insight to what it takes to start their own business, it also gives them the chance to turn their dream into a reality. 

Added Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, ESU president: “The entrepreneurial spirit and creating big ideas has always been part of the 150-year partnership between Emporia State and the city of Emporia.”