Southeast announces winners of entrepreneurship training course

source: Southeast Missouri State University
source: Southeast Missouri State University
Published: Apr. 26, 2018 at 2:27 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2018 at 7:17 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Economic and Business Engagement Center at Southeast Missouri State University recently presented two $500 cash prizes to the winners of the LaunchU entrepreneurship training course.

Krista LeGrand was awarded first place and David Rook was awarded a second place in the competition.

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The prize money was provided by course sponsor Isle Casino of Cape Girardeau.

"While the course was fast-paced, the environment was non-intimidating, and I appreciated the many resources presented and details covered," said LeGrand of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. "I especially enjoyed the interaction with other aspiring entrepreneurs. I plan to continue a relationship with the Small Business and Technology Development Center."

LaunchU is an 18-hour hands-on course that coaches aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs through the business planning process to determine business feasibility, including the actual development of a professional, Small Business Administration-approved business plan, pitch and financial forecast.

Several of the class participants recently competed with their pitches in front of a judging panel comprised of local business professionals.

"The course was very helpful for me in several ways," said Rook a Southeast junior management major, entrepreneurship option, from St. Louis.

"I realized there are several available resources for starting a business, including logo development, data and website development. It was enlightening to hear from local, established entrepreneurs on the specifics, legalities, and details involved in the start-up process."

The class schedules for the next LaunchU courses are currently being developed.

Interested participants and sponsors are asked to contact Project Coordinator Kelli Behrle at (573) 651-2287 or

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