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UNL competition winners to start businesses in 2010

Lincoln December 21, 2009 by Adam Templeton


Jessica Quick was awarded first place in the graduate track for Top to Bottom Baby Boutique, a retail cloth diaper store which will open in Omaha next year.

There's that old mantra, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Nearly 30 teams of local entrepreneurs took that advice to heart earlier this month, submitting business plans to do battle with one another in the 11th Annual UNL Venture Plan Championship.

The competition, divided into graduate and undergraduate tiers, provided University of Nebraska-Lincoln students with a chance to have their business plans scrutinized by local business leaders and academic pundits, all in hopes of scoring up to $1,000 toward turning their startup aspirations into realities.

I caught up with the winners of the competition to ask them, "What's next?" Check out the video below for my interview with Doug Fernaays, an undergraduate student whose consulting firm idea, IT Access, won out against 17 others, and Jessica Quick, whose plan for Top to Bottom Baby Boutique trumped the other nine teams in the graduate competition.

For the complete list of winners visit

Doug Fernaays took home first place in the undergraduate track for IT Access, an IT consulting firm he plans to start after graduation.

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yay jess!!!

Dec 21, 2009 at 03:20 PM

nice job Doug - Go Turbine Flat's peeps!

Dec 21, 2009 at 06:56 PM

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