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Editor's note: This article originally said that applications to the entrepreneurship competition were due on Feb. 1. This is incorrect. Submissions are due on Feb. 15. 

On Jan. 20, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management launched a competition to offer budding entrepreneurs a chance to jumpstart their hospitality businesses.

Both individuals and teams, which must have at least one student currently enrolled in UCF’s Rosen college to be eligible to compete, are invited to participate in the competition, according to a press release. Contestants will need to develop hospitality-related business ideas and include a game plan of how to bring to their ideas to market.

Those with the most impressive ideas will have the opportunity to win cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to assist with startup costs.

Submissions are due by Feb. 15. Finalists are to be announced on Feb. 25, and winners are to be announced on April 15.

The mobile app company BlurtBox, which is owned by UCF alumnus Julien Meyers, is sponsoring the competition.

“Competitions like this allow students to use the creative side of their brains and do something which is seemingly impossible – turn an idea into a business. My hope is that students will gain both insight and connections into the world of entrepreneurship and learn more about the ecosystem that exists for entrepreneurship here in Orlando,” Meyer said in a press release.

“Win or lose,” Meyer added, “these competitions open incredible doors and make building a business 100 times easier.”

Interested students can visit hospitality.ucf.edu/entrepreneur for more details.

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Gabby Baquero is the Entertainment Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Gabby_Baquero or email her at MariaB@centralfloridafuture.com.

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