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Project Bulldog Competition

Drake University’s Enactus Holds First Ever “Project Bulldog” Competition

On Saturday, October 19, Drake University Enactus was proud to hold their first “Project Bulldog” competition, inspired by ABC’s Shark Tank. Drake University students were invited to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs for a chance to win $500.

For the inaugural event, seven student teams pitched their innovative business ideas to five Des Moines entrepreneurs and venture capitalists: Dan Shipton of BitMethod and Change, John Jackovin of Bawte, Milt Milloy of FxRedux Solutions, Aaron Hoffman of StoneFinch, and John LaMarche of VentureNet.  

After a morning full of 10-minute pitches, judges awarded prizes as follows:

  • 1st place – AP Lumina Brake System, Naren Bhojwani
  • 2nd place – Motivus App, Jay Smith and Kassandra Chesire
  • 3rd place – ALS Shower Dispensary System, Sarah Martin  

There was an additional award for Audience Choice, and after votes were tallied, this award went to Syed Afiful Hazazi Syed Ghazi and Chang Sun for the Break It! Warehouse.

Project Bulldog Participants
About Enactus:
Drake Enactus, established in 2005, is a nonprofit organization that strives to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. We complete yearly projects that impact our community while following the Enactus worldwide criterion: "Considering the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, which Enactus team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living?" Additional information about Enactus can be found here.

May 28, 2014
Drake University has teamed up with Ascent to expand its successful Startup Boot Camp for Women. The sessions in Des Moines will be held on June 6, 7, 20, and 21 in Aliber Hall on Drake University’s campus.