GLENVILLE – A Glenville State University student has won $ 15,000 to help launch her business.
Avalon Green competed in the West Virginia Business Plan Competition hosted by the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the West Virginia University John Chamber College of Business and Economics.
Green, who is trying to launch a line of performance golf apparel for women under the moniker Avalon Green Apparel, was presented with $ 10,000 in prize money as part of the competition. She also received another $ 5,000 from 3 Steps to Startup during the awards ceremony.
“I sat down and thought, what does the woman golfer want? What do I want? So, then I built the design from my needs and the needs of other female golfers who I’ve known because fashion has always been constricting women, especially female athletes. Active women need functional fashion, but also fashion that feels and looks good, ” Green said. “I saw the need and decided I was going to fix it. I said to myself, “I am going to solve this problem and give women something they deserve,” Green said. “The best part is when I meet other girls and they see the designs and they say,”oh my gosh. This is it. ‘”
Green is dedicated, according to Mark Sarver, an associate professor of business at Glenville State.
“From the moment Avalon walked into my office wearing a prototype of her clothing line, she dedicated herself to not only winning the competition but absorbing so much new knowledge and input from everyone who assisted her,” Sarver said. “She synthesized that into a winning business plan and”Shark Tank“Style pitch.”
Glenville State also had four students compete in the West Virginia Innovation and Business Model Competition at Marshall University. Marcus Kelley, Marshawn Kelley, Trenton Holcomb and Jonathon Williams were awarded $ 1,000 and a third-place position in the competition.
Their concept, the SCup, is a new venture that aims to address safety and security in public settings. The SCup is a restaurant-style beverage container with a lid that uses processors and circuits to notify the owner when the lid is removed without authorization, helping prevent the owner from ingesting doped or poisoned drinks.
The four students also made a presentation at the West Virginia Business Plan Competition for the SCup and were awarded an additional $ 750 from the Robert E. Yancey Sr. Entrepreneurship Endowment through the Marshall University Foundation.
Marcus Kelley is a senior who will graduate this month with a bachelor’s of science in behavioral science with a criminal justice minor. Marshawn Kelley is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s of science in business administration in sport management with a minor in psychology. Holcomb is a freshman seeking a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice with a concentration in field forensics. Williams is a freshman seeking a bachelor’s of science in business administration degree with a minor in management.
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these students. Avalon has an unmatched passion for her startup and that shows through in all aspects of her business plan… her pitch video is top-notch, her presentation is heartfelt, and her idea is solid, ” Glenville State President Mark A. Manchin said. “The four gentlemen who are conceptualizing the SCup device are working to bring an innovative product to market. I have watched all of these students refine their ideas, utilizing not only what they are learning here at Glenville State University, but also incorporating feedback from Dr. Sarver and those they have been networking with. I look forward to seeing where they take these ideas. ”
Seven teams from various colleges and universities in West Virginia competed for the $ 42,500 in prize money as part of the Business Plan Competition.