Buckhannon, WV—Miranda Frye, a junior special education major with minors in business administration and sports business, from Manor, PA has been named a semi-finalist in the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition. Wesleyan is one of 18 colleges and universities in the state to have at least one student advance to the semi-final round with a total of 31 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition.
A $10,000 grand prize awaits the winner in both the STEM & Innovation and Lifestyle & Hospitality categories. An additional at-large award of $20,000 is made possible by Ray Zinn, founder of Micrel Semiconductors and the longest-serving CEO in Silicon Valley. This is the third year Zinn has supported the business plan competition. He gave $10,000 to the event each of the past two years.
This is the 14th year for the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition, which is hosted by Encova Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship housed in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. The competition affords college students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals across the country.
Frye, who plays first base and the outfield on the Wesleyan Softball team, holds a 3.78 cumulative GPA. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Her project falls under the Lifestyle & Hospitality category.
The semifinal competition will be held January 31, 2020 at Fairmont State University.