Success Stories

Tiki Ice

“Having a strong business plan for the Governor’s Cup meant that I had to obtain real world information, which was 100 percent applied in action when we started the business.”

Jean Bridges, CFO

For Jean Bridges, entering NCET’s 2010 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup wasn’t just about winning a competition. It was about creating the foundation for a business concept that could immediately and successful be launched in today’s business climate.

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“The advice I got during the Governor’s Cup competition was invaluable. Without it, I’m sure I would not be operational today.”

James Blood, MJ’s Pizza

MJ’s Pizzeria opened its doors for business just one year after taking first place honors in NCET’s 2009 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. President James Blood says if it wasn’t for what he learned during the competition, his business wouldn’t be up and running today.

“When I first heard about the Governor’s Cup in 2007, it sounded like a great way to get a business plan..

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Governor’s Cup paves road to high-profile career

Michael Chestone
Manager of Utility Scale Projects
Sharp Electronic Corporation, Solar Energy Solutions Group

Michael Chestone competed not once, but twice in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, walking away with first place honors in 2006. Today he has turned his business plan into his professional livelihood, serving as manager of Utility Scale projects for Sharp Electronics Corp.

“I am currently in the same industry that my project was based around – thin film photovoltaics, or thin film solar electric,” explains Chestone. “While our project…

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