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.
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“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 http://Elance.com, 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.