Battle Ground Technologies

In the Black Division, Battle Ground Technologies took top honors. (Photo by Mark Simons)

In the Black Division, Battle Ground Technologies took top honors. The undergraduates describe their entrepreneurial effort as “a mobile forensics startup, focused on providing comprehensive and affordable forensics products to the various military branches and law enforcement agencies both large and small.” The $20,000 first place prize in the Black Division should help them realize their goals.

Under the leadership of Candiss Vibbert, associate director of engagement for Discovery Park, we administered a questionnaire this year to past Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition participants. Of the 40 respondents, 86 percent indicated that their participation as a finalist in the Burton D. Morgan Competition enhanced their education at Purdue. Over a third indicated that a company was started as a result of participation in the competition, and two-thirds of the companies launched following the competition were still in existence.

So the judges have spoken. Over the years our distinguished panelists have volunteered their time to determine the winners and provide valuable feedback to all those presenting their business plans. Furthermore, feedback from past participants indicates that this experience is highly valuable to our student entrepreneurs.

Going forward, the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition will continue to be one of the very best in the world. We owe an everlasting debt of gratitude to the Burton D. Morgan Foundation for its tremendous support. And, next year is the 25th anniversary of the competition! So get ready to celebrate with us and stay tuned for details.

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