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Press Release: Love's Cup Winners from ECU Announced

4/23/2018 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: ECU, entrepreneurship, love's cup, ghosh

Love's Cup Winners from ECU Announced 
ECU Students Compete in Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition

East Central University Love's Cup Teams. (From left to right) Wendell Godwin, Dean Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business; Louden Johnson, ShowTricks; Stacey Bolin, team advisor; Srijita Dia Ghosh, Ada Jobs Foundation, Kinsey Archer, Flurry Float; Johnathan Harrington, Flurry Float; Starla Cooper, Interview winner; Katricia G. Pierson, ECU President.

ADA, OKLAHOMA - East Central University students recently competed in the Love's Entrepreneur's Cup, formerly the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup, and came home with recognition and prize money. The Love's Cup is a statewide collegiate business plan competition, hosted by Innovation to Enterprise (i2E), that simulates the real-world process of researching a market, writing a business plan, and pitching to potential investors.

Congratulations to the following East Central University students:
  • FurryFloat, led by Kinsey Archer and Johnathan Harrington placed 3rd in the Small Business Division winning $4,000 and were also the Product Category Interview winner, winning $1,000. FurryFloat is a floating device that helps a pet swim at a lake or over a body of water. The device consists of a floating ring with mesh net to support the weight of the animal.
  • Kinsey Archer received the Paulsen Award Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship, named in honor of Oklahoma Business Roundtable President Don Paulsen, is designed to encourage Oklahoma's future leaders to continue their education while at the same time contributing their viewpoints to the ongoing dialogue on key economic issues.

  • ShowTricks, led by Louden Johnson is the Small Business IBM Pitch Winner receiving $1,000 and Small Business Division finalist earning an additional $1,000. Show Tricks is a service to help students showing animals at livestock shows. The service consists of a series of educational videos and expert mentoring that can be delivered via a mobile app. The videos are designed to help students gain a competitive advantage when showing and hopes to enhance opportunities for 4A and FFA members.

  • ECU's Starla Cooper is the IT/App Category Interview winner and receives $1,000.


The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) has a strategic goal to foster the development of entrepreneurs in Ada, Oklahoma. In support of this goal, AJF works in collaboration with East Central University's (ECU) Stonecipher School of Business and Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship to support the Love's Cup by providing staff to judge business plans and sponsorship of the competition.  

About the Ada Jobs Foundation
The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) contracts with the City of Ada to promote and recommend economic development opportunities with the city. AJF was established in 1998 to create and retain quality jobs for the Ada area. AJF serves as a "one-stop-shop" for economic development by coordinating with the city and other entities for Ada, Oklahoma's benefit. The Ada Jobs Foundation is a non-profit organization, funded in part by membership dues and tax deductible contributions. In addition to membership dues, funding is provided by a contract with the City of Ada.    www.adaworks.org