Westminster Students Place Among Top 25 Student-Founded Businesses in Utah
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Nov. 9, 2010
Utah Student 25 program recognizes top Utah college entrepreneurs
SALT LAKE CITY – For the second year in a row, two Westminster College MBA students placed in the Utah Student 25 competition. The statewide competition recognizes students who accept the challenges of going to school and running a business. Matt Carlson, (Four Pillar Fitness and Club V Volleyball) and Ryan Kendrick, (Chocolot Artisan Confections) were recognized at an awards gala at the Grand America Hotel on November 4.
Carlson’s companies both secured two, top-ten spots in the program this year. Four Pillar Fitness, a comprehensive fitness training facility that ranked 10th in last year’s competition, placed 8th. Club V Volleyball, Carlson’s newest business venture which helps girls who play volleyball land college scholarships, came in 7th.
“This competition is proof that the knowledge I’ve gained at Westminster is everything I need to run a successful business,” Carlson said.
Kendrick, whose company Chocolot sells artisan chocolates mainly to wholesalers, placed 19th on this year’s list.
Rankings were based on company growth and revenue.
Both students were involved in Westminster’s Institute for New Enterprise, which helps foster and develop the skills critical to successful entrepreneurial leadership. Carlson says the tools and support Westminster provides to students was crucial to his companies’ rankings in the Utah Student 25 program- a program he claims will take his business to the next level.
“Placing on the list is such an honor in itself, but even more is the opportunity to be recognized among your peers, and not just in Utah, but to draw national attention to your company,” Carlson added. “Your company has the eyes of prospective investors.”
Students from Utah State University, BYU, Utah Valley University, the University of Utah and Dixie College also participated in the event.
About Utah Student 25
The Utah Student 25 is an entrepreneurial competition for collegiate students throughout the state of Utah. Utah Student 25 not only recognizes the top student-founded businesses in Utah, but encourages growth and interaction with Utah’s renowned entrepreneurial community. The program helps winners better publicize their achievement, while encouraging economic growth and job creation in the state. Utah Student 25 hopes honoring these students will put them on the fast track to entrepreneurial success in Utah.
It's an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to showcase their abilities in the business world, as well as their company or small business. This group is a great way for entrepreneurs to support each other and learn about the competition. For more information, visit http://utahstudent25.wordpress.com/ .
The Institute for New Enterprise
Westminster’s Institute for New Enterprise’s mission is to help individuals create organizations that promote independence and self-sufficiency, and make significant contributions to our communities. To accomplish this, the institute provides extensive training in the skills of entrepreneurial leadership: innovating, validating, planning, funding and launching new ventures. The institute offers an exciting learning format that bridges the gap between formal education and real-world experience. To learn more, go to www.westminstercollege.edu/ine
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information visit http://www.westminstercollege.edu or follow WestminsterSLC on Twitter.