Williamson College Taking Submissions for Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University has opened applications for the John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize.

Applicants must submit a five- to seven-page business plan outlining their business idea and how they would use the $2,400 grand prize by April 4. 

Businesses are not required to already exist, but if they are, the proposal should detail current operations. Submissions will be judged on feasibility, market assessment, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

All plans can be submitted to competition coordinator John Rossi at jfrossi@ysu.edu or the Entrepreneurship Center at wcbaentrepreneurshipcenter@ysu.edu

Finalists will be invited to present their business plans to judges at noon April 12. The winner will be announced the same day.

The John Burgan Entrepreneurship Prize was established in honor of John Burgan, entrepreneur, businessman, salesman and a community leader, by his son, Patrick Burgan, YSU graduate and second-generation broker-owner of Burgan Real Estate.

“My father has and continues to be an example of how success is not only defined by the achievements in your career, but by the positive difference you make in the lives of others,” Patrick Burgan said in a statement. “Like my father did for me, this gift is a way to invest both financial resources and confidence in a well-deserving student at Youngstown State University to assist them in going after their entrepreneurial dream.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.