Judges announced for semifinals of Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

Wednesday January 4, 2017 0 comments Tags: Greeley, Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge, David Thomas, Bruce Biggi, Karol Jones, Michael O'Donnell, Jon Rarick, Mike Shoop, Michael Trotter


GREELEY -- Six judges have been announced for the semifinals of the eighth annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Northern Colorado.Monfort_Challenge_logoUSE

The six judges are: 

Bruce Biggi, senior VP of business development, Northern Colorado Economic Alliance; 

Karol Jones, chief financial officer, Colorado Lending Source; 

Michael O’Donnell, executive director, Colorado Lending Source; 

Jon Rarick, owner, Trans World Supplies Inc.; 

Mike Shoop, president, Professional Finance Company Inc.; and 

Michael Trotter, president, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC.

The Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to obtain exposure and compete for $50,000 in prize money to help bring their innovative business ideas to fruition.

“This year’s judges are distinguished and established business leaders in Colorado, all of whom have a great deal of experience in managing new business ventures.” said David Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The judges will review 11 business concepts and provide helpful business suggestions in addition to rating each presentation.

The semifinal round of competition will be held Jan. 21 at the UNC University Center.

Following the semifinals, five finalists will be chosen to compete for a total of $50,000 in prize money and the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges in a “Shark Tank” format at the UNC University Center on April 28.