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K-State rewards student ideas

Special to The Hays Daily News

MANHATTAN -- Student entrepreneurs with ideas for a fitness video and a sustainable fuel project are the top winners in Kansas State University's The Next Big Thing, an entrepreneurship contest organized by the College of Business Administration's Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship.

David Tierney, owner of Kansas Biodiesel Project, and Lars Hanson, owner of Breakout Sports Performance, a fitness video idea, tied for first in the competition. Each receives $2,250 in cash and $1,500 in reimbursed business expenses to start their businesses. Tierney is a senior in chemistry from Manhattan, and Hanson is a sophomore in business administration from Olathe.

Now in its fifth year, The Next Big Thing attracted a record number of student entrepreneurs this year. More than 300 registered for the competition, with 17 business ideas making it to the final round.

Students presented their ideas to a panel of judges made up of local entrepreneurs and finance professionals.

Kyle Deutscher, a senior in feed science and management from Stockton, was a finalist and finished in the silver category, earning $500 cash and $500 in reimbursed business expenses for Little Apple Biscuit.