ZAC LAWSON AWARDED SECOND PLACE AT IDEA STATE U REGIONAL COMPETITION HOSTED AT LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 [4:16 PM]
Zac Lawson, a business administration
student from Bloomfield, Ky., receives a check for $750 and the
chance to move on to the state level for earning second place for
his business model 'Make My Day Meats, at the Idea State U Regional
Competition held on March 29 at Lindsey Wilson College. Lawson was
one of 45 students from seven college and universities competing in
the event. Also pictured is Christine Wildes of the Idea Innovation
Columbia, Ky. -- For the second consecutive year
Lindsey Wilson College hosted the Idea State U Regional
Competition. Idea State U is Kentucky's statewide business plan
competition, designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship
by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth's colleges and
Sixteen teams from seven different colleges and
universities including Asbury University, Bellarmine University,
Simmons College, Sullivan of Lexington, Union College, University
of Kentucky and Lindsey Wilson College competed in the event which
included exhibits, presentations and an awards ceremony. A total of
$2,750 was awarded to the winning teams, and teams earning first or
second place in the business plan and business model categories
were granted an opportunity to compete at the state level
on April 22.
Zac Lawson, a business administration major from
Bloomfield, Ky., won second place for the business model 'Make My
Day Meats.' Lawson was awarded $750 and a spot at next month's
state portion of the competition in Lexington, Ky.
Lawson said that he was relieved that all of the work he
put into his business model paid off.
"I am relieved that I was able to achieve this during the
competition because of all the work and preparation I put into it,"
said Lawson. "Now I have a chance to take this on to the next
Lawson said that he enjoys the Idea State U competition
because a love of competition is part of his identity.
"I love Idea State U," said Lawson. "I'm a competitor. I
play football for the college and one of the things that goes along
with being brought up in that culture is a love of competition.
Also, all of my professors at LWC have always been behind me and
have encouraged me and I feel very honored to have achieve this in
such a tough competition."
Linda McKinley Grider, Director of Community Education and
Outreach, helped bring the competition back to Lindsey Wilson
College again this year. Grider says that Idea State U is an
important event at the college for a multitude of
"It's a great learning experience for our students,
professors of members of the Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory
Council," said Grider. "Competitors and attendees were able to
network, demonstrate their work and also learn a bit more about
Lindsey Wilson College and our program. This is the second year we
have hosted the event and the third year we have participated. A
team from LWC has won awards for all three years that we have
participated. These accomplishments document the strength of our
students and our program."
Grider noted the high number of LWC students in attendance
that weren't part of any team presenting in the
"Eighty-nine students attended the competition yesterday,"
said Grider. "These students had a unique opportunity to observe
expo exhibits, hear formal presentations, and network with students
from major colleges and universities in the state.
Students can reflect on this experience and use it to
improve their knowledge and skills which will enhance their
competitive edge in the pursuit of employment
Grider also remarked on Zac Lawson's business model 'Make
My Day Meats' and his success in the competition.
"Zac Lawson is an exemplary student who has mastered the
process of being a student/athlete and has applied his skills to
become a successful entrepreneur," said Grider. "We are excited for
him and wish him well at the state level."