By Nicole Matheson
More than the storm excited Lake Havasu Wednesday night — the annual Havastartup Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition officially began at ASU as eager participants learned the rules and details of the inspiring program. For those unable to attend, it’s not too late. Registration continues through Oct. 14.
Enthusiastic And Qualified Mentors
For those unfamiliar with Havastartup, RiverScene attended the information night meeting hosted by ASU and their business faculty lecturer Dr. Leepsa Nabaghan Madhabika.
While the rain poured outside, Nabaghan Madhabika spoke passionately about how important it is to stimulate Havasu’s economy with new business ideas and entrepreneurial endeavors, which is the overall goal of the contest.
Other panel members include ASU Director Dr. Raymond Van Der Riet, President and CEO of Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce Lisa Krueger, ASU Organizational Leadership instructor Dr. Cristen Mann, ASU Marketing instructor Dr. Diane Singer, and in Human Resources Dr. Rochelle Fain. This group of business minded individuals are available to help contest participants with their business plans and to guide them through the competition.
Dreams Made Reality
Those with innovative business ideas should take this opportunity to showcase their plans with like-minded people and business professionals who could help turn those dreams to reality.
The winner(s) receives $500 on top of exposure to get their business off of the ground. Teams up to six members are accepted as well, so aspiring business partners are welcome to collaborate on their project.
“The first step is challenging, but once you move ahead and take that first step, then the rest will be much easier,” Madhabika said.
For more detailed information about the competition, including who’s eligible, the timeline, and registration information, visit https://havasu.asu.edu/havastartup