Wolff Center Student Team UNlimiters Takes Top
Honor at 2012 Values and Ventures Competition
A group of five students at the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship bested 21 teams at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition on April 20, bringing home a first place win and a $15,000 grand prize.
Competitors Tattiana Reznick, Louis McEneny, Randy Hannemann, Adam Trojanowski and Justin Farley impressed at the competition hosted by Texas Christian University’s Neely School of Business, which included a judging panel of entrepreneurs, investors, marketing and financial experts and venture capitalists. The team presented their business plan for “UNlimiters,” an e-commerce website that sells products to people with disabilities.
The competition, which incorporates values, ethics and service into a for-profit business, encourages undergraduate business students to create ventures that have strong business viability, meaning for the organization and significantly improve quality of life.
“We are very proud of the business plan team and the successes they have reached,” said Ken Jones, associate director of the Wolff Center. “UNlimiters is a wonderful idea that addresses the needs of an underserved, physically challenged market.”
This is the second competition that the UNlimiters has brought home a first place win this semester, with their first win being at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship 25th Annual Innovation Competition.
Adding to their success, the UNlimiters brought home a second place win from the California Dreamin’ competition on April 28, hosted by Chapman University. This competition had a West Coast, tech-oriented slant with selected teams from BYU, Cal Tech, UC Berkeley and USC.
The skills learned through Bauer College classes and the Wolff Center played a large part in helping the team prepare for the competition, Hannemann said.
“Winning helps to validate the Wolff Center’s No. 1 ranking,” Hannemann said. “Every time we travel to another university and perform well, it enhances the University of Houston Bauer College brand and helps us on our trek to Tier One and greater national recognition. We are just glad we can contribute to the reputation of our school because our school has already done so much for us.”
By Amanda Sebesta