Campus entrepreneur group earns national recognition

TCU CEO students are bringing home the bacon.TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization students brought home two individual and three chapter awards from the CEO National Convention in Chicago on Nov. 3.

Senior economics major Jacob Watson won the Elevator Pitch Competition and a $2,500 prize, placing first out of 60 students. Watson said participants in the competition are given two minutes to pitch a business idea to judges on stage in front of 1,500 people.

When he got up to pitch his idea of an online cultural certification program, Watson said, he was completely relaxed.

“(I was) up there in front of billionaires, millionaires, students from all over the U.S and Guam,” Watson said. “When I got on stage, for some reason, God just totally eased my heart.”

Brian Kym, a junior entrepreneurial management major and CEO president, took second for Best Student Leader. TCU CEO also won Best Electronic Based Networking, Best In-person Networking and placed second in Best Marketing Plan.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the TCU CEO,” said David Minor, director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. “Each year, these students show their merit with responsibility and professionalism. It’s easy to see that they have the entrepreneurial spirit, and equally easy to see that they will all go far.”

CEO leaders also discussed how the TCU CEO program was built.

TCU CEO has attracted 370 members in each of the past two years, according to a press release.

The chapter takes about 60 students to the conference each year to participate in the competition, according to the press release. There are also elevator pitch competitions, business plan competitions and networking events scheduled throughout each semester.