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Monroig Masters Entrepreneurial Competition
State Technical College of Missouri student Bryce Monroig of Krakow, Mo. took first place overall in the fourth annual #BOOM pitch competition.
Monroig’s winning concept, a noise and vibration dampening bow accessory, earned the competition’s top award, $5,000 in start-up funding. An avid bow hunter, Monroig first produced the device for his own personal use.
“At the time, I was mostly interested in developing this piece to improve my own comfort and accuracy,” said Monroig. “After I perfected the model my family and friends started asking to have one, too.”
Studying Machine Tool Technology at State Technical College of Missouri, Monroig used his growing knowledge base to produce the bow accessory. As the demand within his circle of friends grew, he realized that his idea had real potential. Assistance from Teresa White, chair of the Business program, helped him get in touch with the right people and complete his application for the competition.
“I knew the idea had potential, but I needed some help preparing the pitch,” said Monroig. “Mrs. White helped motivate me to take the next step. Not only did she put me in touch with the right people, she championed me and my idea from the start.”
White has been working hard to grow the entrepreneurial spirit at State Technical College of Missouri. Last year was the first year that State Tech entered the #BOOM pitch competition. The inaugural contestants didn’t place, but the experience taught them a lot about preparing for future competitions.
“Last year we went in not knowing a lot about the competition,” said White. “We quickly learned better strategies for engaging the judges and that allowed us to help Bryce better prepare for his pitch.”
Mrs. White and various students in her Business Systems Specialist program met multiple times to help Monroig perfect his pitch. Business students applied learning from the classroom to give him tips on public speaking, and improving his presence on stage.
“It was so rewarding to hear our students apply what we teach in the classroom,” said White. “It truly was a learning experience that benefitted them all. Watching them work together to support each other really gets at the heart of the entrepreneurial culture.”
Monroig’s tutelage paid off and his pitch style stood out. He made it a point to shake the judges' hands, interact with them and show his enthusiasm. White sees Bryce’s win as not only a great personal achievement for him, but also a win for all of State Technical College of Missouri.
“State Tech prepares students who can ‘do’ the technical work that is so vital to the success of many of the ideas that are pitched,” said White. “I am excited to grow our presence there and help connect our student resources with entrepreneurs in need of their technical expertise.”
Linn Sate Technical College is Missouri’s only state technical college. Hands-on technical courses balanced with a strong foundation in communication, problem solving, decision-making and critical thinking prepare graduates for profitable employment and a life of learning.
On July 1, 2014, State Technical College of Missouri’s name will change to the State Technical College of Missouri. This name change better reflects our statewide role in technical education.
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