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College Junior Wins Second Entrepreneurship Prize

November 20, 2017

Students from FSU’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship squared off against UF students in the first-ever Turkey Tank Competition in Gainesville, November 20, 2017. FSU’s team, led by a student of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, came away with the win.

The event challenged students to pitch an entrepreneurial project in just three minutes, and they faced added pressure because electronic presentations were off limits.

Junior Hannah King, who’s majoring in international affairs and minoring in social and commercial entrepreneurship, helped lead the team to victory with her idea for a community development center in Haiti called Read to Rise. The program, which King is developing with FSU senior Geranise Dorce, is designed to reduce the rate of illiteracy in Leogane, Haiti.

In March 2017, King won first place in the social entrepreneurship division of the Moran School's annual InNOLEvation challenge for her enterprise to to preserve the Mayan artisan culture through ethical partnerships with textile weavers and merchants in Guatemala. Read more about that here.

Florida State’s entrepreneurship roster also included Jack Shelgren, a senior majoring in entrepreneurship and minoring in computer science, and senior Zack Frapart, a double major in entrepreneurship and professional sales.

Wendy Plant, director of FSU’s Center for Student Engagement at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, praised the students who made the friendly match a success.

“We are looking forward to holding this fun competition every year,” Plant said. “We think it’s a great lead-in to the annual Thanksgiving rivalry football game.”

The University of Florida was represented by Austin Lile, Stefani Harrison and Sean Biava.

“We congratulate FSU on the win, and we look forward to this competition becoming a long and storied tradition,” said Parker Van Hart, director of the Entrepreneurship Master’s Programs at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. “Anytime we can give our students a chance to practice their skills, it’s a win for everyone.”