A political website, a financial factoring company, and a relay race series took home top honors at a recent business contest that highlights the efforts of student entrepreneurs. Opportunity Quest, the name of the competition, brought out dozens of students and groups vying for the first-place $5,000 prize. The Entrepreneurship Club hosted the event, which was sponsored by Zion’s Bank.
Politicit.com is a political website that analyzes online activity, traditional polls, and other breaking news to provide users with a snapshot of current public opinion and buzz about specific political candidates. It was launched on Election Day 2011 to coincide with the events leading to the Republican presidential nomination. In the future it will provide similar services for local elections.
The company was founded by Huntsman students Sterling Morris, a graduate management information systems (MIS) student; Lauren Johnson, an MIS major; and Shai McDonald, an MIS major, along with Josh Light and Britney Johnson. Josh graduated in 2010 with a degree in economics, finance, and entrepreneurship. Britney graduated in 2010 with a degree in MIS. John Johnson, head of the MIS Department, is an investor and key supporter of the new company.
Page Stroud Finance is a financial factoring company started by Reed Page, a finance and economics major, and Jason Stroud. The central idea of the venture is to purchase the accounts receivable balances at a discount from energy service companies to expedite cash flows. Page Stroud Finance will subsequently collect on the full amount owed to the company.
The Kilo Relay Series is a unique racing experience that combines long distance running and competitive road cycling in a team relay format. The race is a combination of a full marathon (26.2 miles) and a century bike ride (100 miles). Relay team sizes will be flexible to allow teams from 1-8 people. The race includes eight different segments starting with a 10-kilometer run and then transitioning to a 25-mile bike ride. This pattern is continued for four rounds until each team has completed the full 126.2 miles. Huntsman students Milo Williams and Kyle Ivins started the venture.