On April 20th, Crystal Gonzalez was awarded first place in the 2018 Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Connecticut New Venture Business Plan Competition. She was accompanied by her faculty advisor for the competition, Dr. Irina Naoumova, Department of Management and Marketing and Professor Jim Peta, Department of Economics, Finance and Insurance.
Crystal first presented her new startup company business plan as part of Dr. Naoumova’s graduate level Entrepreneurship course. Dr. Naoumova and several other faculty who observed her presentation encouraged her to enter her plan in the Connecticut New Venture Competition. Approximately fifty to sixty entries were submitted. The final competition consisted of eleven presenters. Yale, Wesleyan and Quinnipiac are a few of the schools that reached the finals. On April 25th, Crystal presented her award- winning business plan on campus at the Graduate Symposium.
The Foundation’s mission is to provide effective resources for educators and entrepreneurs.
The Connecticut New Venture Competition is a semi-annual collegiate business plan competition that creates opportunities for teams of Connecticut-based students to learn about entrepreneurship and to gain experience writing business plans that effectively compete for startup support services and cash grants.