Students win awards for new business ideas

Students from the School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College recently presented new business ideas to judges in Salón Cassia of the Education and Business Complex and in turn, won $1,500 for first prize. Out of the seven teams participating, Bryan Abanilla, Pricilla Guerra and Roberto Arroyo took home the top prize for their proposal of Solar Solutions.

The competition was a semester-long project in the entrepreneurship class of Hans van Doesburg of the Department of Marketing, Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship. Tropical Texas Regional Commission for Innovation and Commercialization partnered with the School of Business on the project, providing $8,250 in cash prizes for the top three teams and honorable mention.

Laurie Simmons, executive director of the TTRCIC, and Carlos Marin, TTRCIC board chair and CEO of Ambiotec Engineering, served as judges, along with John Sargent, professor of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas Pan American.

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