The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) is pleased to announce that Jasmine Wilson, representing the University of North Carolina, earned first place honors and a $5,000 cash grant during the 2017 ADA Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Fuel Medical, held Tuesday, September 26 in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The ADA Business Plan Competition was created to provide audiology students with practical hands-on business experience, and the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and creativity. Early-round activities included development of a written executive summary and business plan, which was judged on creativity, feasibility, completeness, cohesiveness, professionalism, and polish. Finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to AuDacity where the Competition culminated with a live general session featuring student presentation pitches and rapid-fire questions from the judges.
“The stick-to-itiveness, intelligence, and acumen displayed by Jasmine throughout the competition is representative of what it takes to successfully manage an audiology clinic,” said ADA President Angela Morris, AuD. “The level of knowledge and resourcefulness displayed by all of the finalists offers great assurance that the future of audiology is in great hands!”
ADA 2017 Student Business Plan Competition honorable mentions go to Katrina Smith and Jessica Strzepek, from Salus University, who finished in second place, and Roksolana Voshchilo and Amanda McVey, also representing Salus University, who took home third place honors.
Competition Judges included Dan Quall, MS, Sarah Laughlin, COPM-C, and Ellen Baker, AuD. Fuel Medical Co-Founder, Shawn Parker served as the Master of Ceremonies.
“I would like to thank our illustrious judges for dedicating their time to the ADA Business Plan Competition,” said Morris. “And I would like to especially thank Fuel Medical for donating the financial and intellectual resources required to sustain this valuable program!”