SCC business student wins entrepreneurship contest

When Wilson Okwuobu enrolled in Scottsdale Community College’s Business School, he was not expecting to be the winner of $20,000 in cash and business services two months later.

That’s exactly what happened when Mr. Okwuobu won The Big Pitch.

SCC student Wilson Okwuobu won The Big Pitch, a student entrepreneur contest. (Submitted photo)

The Big Pitch, a press release states, is a student entrepreneurship program — which the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, a business incubator on the GateWay Community College Campus, runs.

The program’s goal is to help one student from MCCCD launch their business and get into revenue. In addition to cash and business services, Mr. Okwuobu earned access to CEI’s business advisers, investors, private events and facilities.

The Big Pitch competition was open to all Maricopa Community College students across the district. Each college sent a representative to the competition.

Mr. Okwuobu will represent Scottsdale Community College and the district at state-wide competition where additional cash and business services are prizes. Mr.Okwuobu, who hopes to transfer to Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business, credits his faith, family and SCC for the opportunity.

“I am extremely excited to have made my family and SCC Business School proud,” he said in a prepared statement. “I am also thankful to all who made this possible and especially my adviser.”.

Lisa Farmer, Mr. Okwuobu’s adviser and faculty at SCC’s business school, said she was impressed with his idea.

“Wilson’s innovative business concept, progressive entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic made him the stand-out candidate in the Big Pitch Competition,” she said. “I am so proud of his effort and determination.”

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