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Oklahoma City University Wins Governor’s Cup Contest
OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma City University’s graduate business team won the 2009 Donald W. Reynolds Oklahoma Governor’s Cup Award last week with their business plan to commercialize Hexamibi. The Hexakit team, comprised of OCU students Paul Poputa-Clean, Bridget Shuck, Tim Harlin and faculty advisor Bob Greve, submitted a business plan that proposed the commercialization of a generic version of a heart imaging drug used to investigate heart attack damage. The team won a $20,000 prize with the first place award and advances to the tri-state competition next month in Las Vegas. Harlin also won an individual honor, receiving a $5,000 Business Roundtable Scholarship. “Bridget, Paul and Tim are terrific students and everyone at the Meinders School of Business is proud of their hard work and determination,” Greve said. OCU’s undergraduate team, FileNerds, with teammates Andrew Stanley, Corey Hill and Vince St. John, were state semifinalists. The group developed a plan to provide an online class note library and course load management tools for college students. The technology would allow students online access to a database of class notes they or other students at their university posted. “All of our teams worked hard and learned a great deal,” Greve said. “I2E puts on a fantastic competition every year. It’s always a terrific experience.” Last year’s team, Medtrieval, placed second in the world at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition. From a field of 212, they were the only American team to make the world finals. The Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage Oklahoma college students to act upon their entrepreneurial ideas and develop skills to lead tomorrow’s innovative new businesses.