Loveís Entrepreneurís Cup overcomes pandemic to conduct virtual competitionPublished: Thursday, June 11, 2020 By: Staff Reports Source: Press Release
Juno team members were Dilina Abudurexiti, team leader, Salyid Isba Maududi, Maria Doutey and Mark Allen. The advisor was Ron Bolen.
Also addressing the awards announcement audience was Jenny Love Meyer, Chief Culture Officer for Love’s Travel Stops. Meyer told the young entrepreneurs that they fulfill the vision of Tom and Judy Love when they founded Love’s Travel Stops more than 50 years ago with one store in Watonga, OK.
“As one of the largest companies in America, we’re proud to support the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs who will lead future startups as they create jobs and wealth for our great state,” Meyer said.
i2E CEO Scott Meacham closed the awards ceremony by addressing the way the students, sponsors, judges and i2E team members overcame unexpected obstacles to execute an “exceptional” 2020 Love’s Cup.
"Life really threw us a curveball this year,” Meacham said. “It’s really important in the business world that we learn how to deal with curveballs just like this because the greatest change happens when we are in times of crisis or challenge. That’s when ingenuity and hard work pay off to help us find new paths and new ways forward. It was really important to us to allow the Love’s Cup to go on as it always has and for you to experience this valuable learning opportunity.
"The 2020 Love’s Cup truly was unstoppable,” Meacham said.
2020 Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup winners
Small Business Division
First place – Argus, Oklahoma Christian University, $10,000
Second place – Tough Cookie, Building Mentally Tough Kids, $8,000
Third place – Crop Cut, East Central University, $4,000
High Growth Undergraduate Division
First place – Novel Neuro, University of Tulsa, $20,000
Second place – Cadenzo, University of Oklahoma, $10,000
Third place – Whisk, Oklahoma State University, $5,000
High Growth Graduate Division
First place – Juno, University of Oklahoma, $20,000
Second place – WhiCount, East Central University, $10,000
Third place – DevCycle, University of Tulsa, $5,000
Oklahoma Business Roundtable Paulsen Award $5,000 Scholarships