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Students Excel at Business Concept Competition

Students Excel At Business Competition

BC Student Wins $1,000 for Best Social Entrepreneurship

Final Four Competitors 

 The two winning teams who competed in the CSUC Future Four:
Gabrielle Kasza, Alyssa Nolan & Matvari Maharaj

Butte College students excelled during rigorous competition at the 2016 Future Four Business Concept Competition held last month. The competition was put on by the Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, Chico and featured 13 teams from eight different schools across the country. Each team presented their business ideas to a panel of six esteemed judges.

Butte College students Alyssa Nolan and Gabrielle Kasza were selected to compete at the event after a mini-concept competition held in early April among Butte Start Up Club members and anyone enrolled in Small Business Management (BUS 25). The Butte Start Up Club focuses on turning ideas into products or viable businesses.

Nolan took home one of the top prizes of $1,000 in the “Best Social Entrepreneurship” category for her concept “Victorious Living,” a residential care facility for women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse. Additional prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and in two other special categories, “Most Ready to Start” and “Best Sustainable Idea.”

The Butte Start Up Club is led by Faculty Advisor Jennifer Nelsen, Business Education Department. Nelsen was extended the invitation to participate in the competition by Peter Strauss, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University. In an email, Nelsen gave special recognition to Butte College Business students Lisa Steele and Lorenzo Valdavinos-Mata for their roles in helping prepare the finalists for competition.

For more information about Butte Start Up Club, contact Nelsen at

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