Cal Poly student wins business contest

jlavelle@thetribunenews.comNovember 8, 2013 

Cal Poly student Quincy Freeman puts flair into conservative Western wear.


Cal Poly student Quincy Freeman knows how to sell an idea fast.

Freeman won first place in a National Elevator Pitch Competition at the College Entrepreneurs’ Organization Conference earlier this month in Chicago.

The competition requires students to present a business idea to a panel of judges in about a minute — the time a person would have to pitch an idea to someone they met during an elevator ride.

Freeman’s winning business pitch was a proposal to build her real-life Western wear fashion line into an independent company. Freeman began designing boots and riding gear as a teenager competing in rodeos.

“It felt great to have the judges believe in my idea and to have successful businesspeople tell me it was possible,” Freeman said in a Cal Poly news release.

The first place award comes with $3,500 in startup funds; a meeting with a venture capitalist; and $1,500 to spend on, a website that connects businesses with freelance programmers, web and mobile developers, writers and marketers.

Freeman is a fifth-year Agriculture Communications student at Cal Poly. She said she plans to work with Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreurship to develop her business plan.

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