2023 EQ winners

Congratulations Mizzou Entrepreneur Quest champions Blake Brown, who won $10,000 for his BTB Kicks sneaker restoration company; Mason Schaedel and Hallie Wilt, who won $5,000 for their Aged Ivy sustainable clothing business; and Noah Strodtman and Ako Hamaamin, who won $15,000 for their company Solutoy and anti-theft device for catalytic converters.


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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)
Speakers share information about the EQ application process, business models and venture pitching. 

EQ applications due (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 (January, February and March)
The finalists participate in EQ's eight-week education program and receive mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders, inventors and other experts.

Final pitch competition (March)
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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