iBucs Competition Encourages Young Entrepreneurs

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ETSU College of Business and Technology has opened applications for the 5th Annual iBucs Student Venture Pitch Competition. On the College of Business and Technology’s website, iBucs—also known as Innovative Buccaneers—is described as “a business start-up competition that offers ETSU students the opportunity to earn seed money for their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.”

The iBucs competition is open to any ETSU student from undergraduate to Ph.D. With the help of the faculty, students can work individually or as a team throughout the semester to create, design, and build their innovative ideas. Then they submit an application that includes basic information about competitors and their inventions.

On the day of the competition, candidates gather to present their ideas to local professionals, community members and an outstanding jury with knowledge and passion about entrepreneurship.

In 2019, husband and wife, Logan Kraft – a senior computing student – and Alexandria Kraft – a graduate student – took first place in the competition through their co-creation, Daily Eatz. Daily Eatz is a website where consumers can navigate to find deals offered by local restaurants and businesses, such as kids receiving free meals or discounts for college students. Alexandria collected information from restaurants, while Logan handled coding.

“The goal of Daily Eatz has always been to create a website where the user can go and find one location for many different types of deals,” Logan said in a video posted on the College of Business and Technology website highlighting the couple’s win.

This year’s competition will take place on April 1, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Millennium Center; All applications are due by March 15th.

For more information, students can contact Sonu Mirchandani, Bill McTier or Stephen Hendrix – all lecturers in the Department of Business and Technology – at their email addresses. Any student interested in applying for the event can visit www.etsu.edu/ibucs/.

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