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Entrepreneurial Spirit at ASU

February 11, 2019

  • Dezaray Johnson, M.A. Certified Business Advisor &Training Coordinator
The Entrepreneurial spirit has hit Angelo State University (ASU). This spring the ASU  Small Business Development Center and the ASU Norris -Vincent College of Business have teamed up to host the first ever student BizPitch competition. 

The Biz-Pitch competition has been developed with the intention of encouraging entrepreneurship among ASU students. Not only will this opportunity encourage students to pursue their goals of owning a business, but it will also give them a platform of recognition to attract people who will believe in the same possibilities as they do.

Dr. Clifton Jones, Dean of the Norris-Vincent College of Business stated “The Norris-Vincent College of Business is excited to work with the ASU-SBDC to offer another way to promote the growth of entrepreneurship and small business formation in San Angelo through the 2019 BizPitch Business Plan Competition. This new competition will give all ASU students an opportunity to receive cash funding to help make their innovative business plans a reality.”

The competition will consist of two phases. The general submission period and the live pitch event.

The general submission is open to all ASU students in any discipline. Students will enter the competition as individuals or in teams of up to four members. They will submit an online application consisting of business development questions as well as a five-minute video describing their business.  

From the general submissions, 5 finalists will be chosen to present their BizPitch to a live audience including five distinguished judges from the San Angelo business community. The event will be an open event for the public to attend and cheer on our young entrepreneurs.

These finalists will have an opportunity to work with the Certified Business Advisors at the ASU SBDC to refine their business idea and perfect their business pitch to ensure they are ready to present to the judges during the event.

This competition has also provided a unique experience for the student staff at the SBDC. They have been responsible for the launch and implementation of marketing efforts.

They have truly been a driving force behind the competition. We, at the SBDC, appreciate that the student team has become vested in this project and are just as eager to see it succeed as the professional staff. At the announcement event hosted a few weeks ago on the ASU Campus, SBDC Graduate Student Ana Uribe spoke highly of the competition to her fellow student body saying “ As students we always hear about how great entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg, and Reed Hastings, founders of Facebook and Netflix, began their businesses during their time in college. We believe that with the right resources and opportunities, students at Angelo State can be successful in achieving similar levels of success. The value and opportunities that can arise from being a finalist of the Biz-Pitch competition can be applicable in a number of ways.”  Ana concluded the announcement event with a quote by Zig Ziglar stating “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

The ASU SBDC team is excited to be a part of this competition which highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of Angelo State University. See for more information.

“Business Tips” was written by Dezaray Johnson, Certified Business Advisor, and Ana Uribe Graduate Assistant of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center.  For more information on the topic of this article or the services of the ASU · SBDC, contact her at