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Creativity rewarded

ENDS 101 student team wins National
Entrepreneurship Week USA Challenge



A team of six Texas A&M students from Rodney Hill’s ENDS 101 Design Process class won three contest categories for their entry in the National EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Challenge, a national competition that tasks students to take a common everyday object and create as much value as possible.

The student’s entry, “Wrap It Up” self-adhesive wrapping paper,  placed first in the “most money generated,” “degree of entertainment” and “degree of risk taken” categories. Theirs was one of more than 200 submissions from students across the country entered the contest that required participants to stretch their entrepreneurial muscle and create a unique, valuable service or product made with Post-it® Notes.

The student teams had only one week to come up with their ideas and presentations and submit digital slides or a three-minute video to the contest Web site. The teams were judged on the value they created and defined in the short period of time.

The students winning video presentation can be viewed online:


The winning Texas A&M team included: Aaron Gray, a biology major from Norman, Okla.; Jaclyn Boone, a biomedical engineering major from Austin; Jacob Garner, a construction science major from Fredericksburg; Katerine Wilsonm a business major from College Station; Laura Hayes, an international studies major from Harlingen; and William Hamilton, a computer science major from Rockport.

The National EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Challenge will be featiured on an upcoming PBS special. The competition was sponsored by the New York Times, Inc., and  the Kauffman Foundation.

To learn more about the other winning teams, visit:

National EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Challenge Web site:

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Click to view the students winning video presentation (.wmv file)