MEDIA ADVISORY: MU student teams to pitch business startups for $30,000 in cash prizes

March 16, 2022
Contact: Eric Stann, 573-882-3346,


MU student teams participating in this year’s Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) competition could soon be one step closer to bringing their business startup dreams to reality. Much like on the television series Shark Tank, 10 student teams will have up to seven minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. There also will be a five-minute Q & A with the judges.

Three teams will be selected as winners and split $30,000 in cash prizes provided by donations from Veterans United Home Loans and U.S. Bank.


Judges include:

  • Kathleen Bruegenhemke, chief operations and risk officer, Hawthorn Bank
  • Brant Bukowsky, co-founder, Veterans United Home Loans
  • Robert Griggs, president, Trinity Products
  • Arpita Kumar, global vice-president – post merger integration and divestiture, special projects, SAP
  • William “Bill” Little, president, Quam-Nichols Company
  • Mindy McCubbin, owner, Truman Wealth Advisors

3-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2022


Monsanto Auditorium in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, 1201 E Rollins St., Columbia, Missouri, 65211


Media who wish to attend should contact Eric Stann at 573-882-3346 or The event may end before 6 p.m. due to length of pitches.

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