Eller Entrepreneurship Students Place in National Competition
March 8, 2002
James Butler and Jeff Hursh, MBA students in The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration Berger Entrepreneurship Program took 3rd place honors at the University of Nebraska's infoUSA Graduate Business Plan Competitions held at the Cornhuskers Hotel and Conference Center in Lincoln Nebraska.
Butler and Hursh were awarded a $2000 prize for their business plan "Pyramid Block Technologies." The plan provides a total systems solution to the numerous problems plaguing today's concrete construction industry, through the introduction of the Pyramid Block,· a tongue and groove interlocking design that allows each block to be laid without the use of mortar. This mortar-less concrete block maintains the structural integrity of standard concrete blocks and mortar, while lowering labor costs and financing costs and increasing productivity.
Twenty-nine teams from 19 universities vied for $25,000 in prize money. The first place team represented the University of Wisonsin-Madison and the 2nd place winners were from the University of Louisville.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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