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Alexandria Recorder


May 26, 2011

NKU wins at Kentucky IdeaStateU competition Northern Kentucky University students won multiple awards at the fourth annual Kentucky IdeaStateU Business Competition held in Lexington, Ky., April 22-23. Graduate and undergraduate students from across the Commonwealth competed in the event, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding participating teams representing the commonwealth’s eight four-year


state universities. Students from both the graduate and undergraduate teams competed for the Governor’s Innovation Award. This award is presented each year to the team that best demonstrates innovative thinking, possesses a “wow” factor and has the potential to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and others. NKU student Erica Conroy won this award with her business concept called eCeipts, a technology company that makes keeping receipts easier for the con-


sumer. “I learned some invaluable lessons during the competition,” Conroy said. “I learned how to take my dreams and by utilizing my resources I can make them a reality. All I need to do to take my innovation to the next step is to have a passion for what I am doing, learn everything I can about my business and then work really hard at it. These are life lessons that make an innovator a successful entrepreneur.” Conroy is a graphic design major but after hearing about the competition in

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a business class, she decided to apply. In the undergraduate business plan competition, entrepreneurship students Sara Hearn, Haley Smith and Tad Feiss placed second for their business called The Health and Beauty Club. The team was awarded more than $5,000 in seed money to be used to start their business. Once launched, The Health and Beauty Club will provide the latest in health, beauty and wellness for professional women in Northern Kentucky. “The competition was an amazing experience,” said Hearn, one of the company’s co-founders. “I learned a great deal from the judges and valued their input. I cannot wait to get started

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NKU Students and faculty advisors compete at IdeaStateU competition, from left: Jeff Varrone, faculty advisor; Sarah Hearn, student; Haley Smith, student; Erica Conroy, student; and John Clarkin, faculty advisor. on my business and the competition gave me the confidence to follow through with my dream.” When the students were selected to represent NKU in the competition, they began working on their concepts and business plans with Jeff

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Varrone from NKU’s Fifth Third Entrepreneurship Institute. Learning that the competition also recognized the efforts of faculty advisors, Conroy nominated Varrone for the Faculty Advisor Award. She wrote in her nomination, “Strength. Enthusiasm. Involved. I cannot think of three better words to describe Jeff Varrone. Through the commitment and determination he shows and just by shaking his hand you can catch some of his spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude. He lifted my spirits on a daily basis. He gave me a crash course on how to create a business plan in less than three weeks. It was a rigorous learning experience but he never gave up on my dream and never asked for anything in return.” Varrone, along with the institute’s Director, Dr. John Clarkin, also helped coach The Health and Beauty Club team with their business plan and presentation. Varrone was rewarded for his outstanding efforts by being named one of the Top Faculty Advisors in the state.



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