Columbia College student Alec Murphy, center, poses for a photo with Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship Director Jay Sparks ’99 and Robert W. Plaster School of Business Dean Jonathon Moberly after winning the 2024 Student Business Pitch Competition on Tuesday, April 2, in New Hall Event Space. Photo by Columbia College Photographer & Graphic Designer Abigail Wade

By Homa Wahaj, Columbia Missourian

Columbia College welcomed aspiring entrepreneurs to its anticipated Student Pitch Competition on Tuesday, April 2, with Alec Murphy taking the grand prize.

The competition saw students from all over the country converging at Columbia College to showcase their business ideas in hopes of securing top honors and valuable prize money. The event was arranged by the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the Steven and Barbara Fishman Center for Entrepreneurship.

The first-place winner stood to gain $5,000, with $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

Three judges, Trish Koetting, Pack Matthews and Euan McLeod, with extensive expertise in business and innovation, were responsible for selecting the winners of the competition.

Jeff Branscom, executive producer of Rapport Storytelling and the keynote speaker for the event, kicked off the competition by sharing his personal journey from working in public relations to founding his own company.

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Keynote speaker Jeff Branscom, executive producer of Rapport Storytelling