Fancy Rhino, a Lamp Post affiliated video production company, won the first ever Seed Project Pitch Event at Covenant college and was awarded with $10,000 in seed money.
The story from the Covenant College website is excerpted below.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Covenant College hosted the first Seed Project Pitch Event. Finalists Ben Baldwin ’12, owner of Covenant Connection, and Isaiah Smallman ’11 and Drew Belz ’10, owners of Fancy Rhino, presented their respective business proposals to the panel of experienced entrepreneurs. After the presentations, questions and a period of deliberation, the panel awarded the $10,000 in seed money to Fancy Rhino.
Drew Belz, co-owner of Fancy Rhino, a video production company, is grateful for this opportunity to step into a larger community of passionate and active entrepreneurs. “We’ve been heads down, just doing the work lately, and this has allowed us to be heads up, to see a little bit further, and realize what the potential is for business in Chattanooga.”
Likewise, finalist Ben Baldwin values the process, and the connections made to mentors and potential partners. “In many ways, this has been like my own personalized version of business 101. It really has been a process of learning that fit for me, and I’m really grateful.” Ben’s company, Covenant Connection, is an online service proposing to connect the needs of local residents to students seeking work.
Managed by the Center for Calling & Career, the Seed Project is an annual event, encouraging students to develop ideas amongst their peers and with the guidance and mentorship of professors, church members and people of business.