The Golden Idea Pitch Competition provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their products/services to a panel of judges, consisting of notable USM alumni, business counselors, serial entrepreneurs, and equity investors. Open to students of all majors, the Golden Idea Competition is hosted each November during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
VisiShield Education & Professional Solutions captured the top prize in the Golden Idea Pitch Competition hosted by Southern Miss Business in November. The first-place concept was developed and presented by Samuel Sumrall, a marketing major from Laurel, Miss. VisiShield's proposition included the manufacturing and distribution of polycarbonate desk shields to make educational institutions of all grade levels a safer place to learn. The shields were also pitched as an option for professional office settings. In addition to bragging rights, the first-place winner received a $1,000 cash prize.
The Farmer's Buggy, pitched by Kellie Jackson, took second place and a $500 cash prize. She is a senior public health policy and administration major minoring in business and Spanish. Jackson’s app-based concept directly addressed current disconnects between farmers and local markets, specifically focusing on making local produce more accessible.
Third place, and a $250 cash prize, was awarded to BBG Insurance, pitched by junior finance major Blake Gwin. BBG Insurance focused on a growing opportunity in cyber security insurance and proposed the creation of an insurance sales agency to partner and bundle consulting services with cyber security consultants.
The competition consisted of 4 rounds. Initially, students submitted business proposals for their services or products. In these proposals, students identified the problem they were trying to solve along with their proposed solution, target market, competition, and potential revenue. The top 5 teams who competed in the Golden Idea Pitch Competition Finals each had two minutes to pitch their idea and up to ten minutes for questions.
Check out this FIFA Journal article, entitled Stadiums and AI in the aftermath of Covid, discussing the revolutionary role artificial intelligence could play in getting spectators back into stadiums. The story features Daniel Eborall, a Southern Miss alumnus who was one of the first students to earn as MBA with an emphasis in Sport Event Security Management from Southern Miss in 2017.
We could all use some positive, uplifting good news these days! That's why we would like to share some great news about one of our very own graduate students, Brett Clark. After battling cancer, Brett proudly rang the "Survivor's Bell" this November! The bell has a plaque that states, "Ring this bell three times well to celebrate this day. This course is run, my treatment done and I am on my way." Brett is pursuing his Master of Science in Sport Management and will graduate in December 2021. We are all sending our best wishes to Brett in his continued healing!
Faculty featured in wall street journal
Dr. Marco Wolf, associate professor of marketing, was recently interviewed for an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled, "Are Extreme DIY Home Improvement Projects Worth the Risk?" Dr. Wolf was interviewed due to his expertise, interest, and research history into the motivations of DIYers.