Tampa –The Florida Venture Forum is pleased to announce the three winners of the 6th annual 2016 Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, held at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg on May 17, 2016. A total of 10 universities from a cross section of Florida brought their top students to compete for best in the state. The top three winners were:
*Phil Michaels, CEO, Tembo Education, representing the University of South Florida, won the top prize.
Tembo Education is in the mobile education space and they use a home-based curriculum. Tembo makes it accessible by using the world’s most popular communication platform SMS texts. They also make it affordable by partnering with telecoms to use their existing distribution channel, reducing operating costs to decrease prices. Tembo has been successful in implementing their program most recently in Nigeria. They gave an outstanding pitch, coupled with an insightful video of their recent success in Nigeria. www.temboeducationgroup.com.
*Andrew Birkett, CEO, Atheris Games, representing the University of Florida, won first runner-up.
Atheris Games is a board and card game development company producing innovative new games. While producing simple scale board game products the team will also work on games that integrate digital components including PC and mobile versions of the physical games. www.atherisgames.com.
*James Stage, CEO, Queralyze, LLC, representing the Florida State University, won 2nd place.
Queralyze is a supplementary tool to libraries, teachers, and reading writing centers. The program is designed to add value to the skills students are learning, as well as giving teachers the ability to help guide student learning and produce better results. Queralyze is built around the latest in microlearning practices and skills based education. www.queraluze.com.
“We have been hosting this event for six years and each year, the competition gets better and better. An indicator is each competitor’s understanding of the complexities of successful entrepreneurship combined with the dedication of their professors,” said Pat Schneider, Vice President of the Florida Venture Forum. “At the annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, the Forum has created an experiential learning environment for each student to compete, grow and ultimately become successful entrepreneurs. We track their successes, and to date, our winning competitors have raised over $17 million of investment.”
About The Florida Venture Forum: The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference. http://www.flventure.org.