Kasey Hammock

Above, Kasey Hammock, a Mizzou doctoral student in social work, won $1,500 as the crowd favorite at the 2022 EQ semifinals in November. Her company, Partner for Better, helps nonprofits attract funding, evaluate outcomes and tell their stories more effectively.


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Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) is an opportunity for any full-time Mizzou student to create a new venture. EQ provides the workshops, tools, networking, mentoring and a $30,000 prize pool to help you translate your ideas and side hustles into viable and scalable businesses. Work with like-minded peers, immerse yourself in the startup world and receive coaching from successful entrepreneurs. 


How-to workshops (September and October)
Speakers share information about the EQ application process, business models and venture pitching. 

EQ applications due (mid-October)

Elevator pitch competition (November)
The top 15 applicants compete before a panel of judges who choose 10 finalists with the most scalable ventures. The audience favorite receives $1,500.

Education program (Jan. 25 to March 15, 2023)
The finalists participate in EQ's eight-week education program and receive mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders, inventors and other experts.

Final pitch competition (March 21, 3 p.m., Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center)
Judges award seed funding to three teams for their ventures: $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.

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