Area man set to compete in international business model competitionWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Burden of Grypshon Industries, who just returned to Northwest Ohio from attending a military conference in Columbus, leaves again April 30 to compete in the International Business Model Competition in Utah.
Grypshon is one of 42 semifinalist teams competing in the International Business Model Competition (IBMC) held May 1-3 at the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The field of teams from around the world involves nearly 2,000 students from 200 schools in 20 countries that have competed at IBMC-affiliated competitions this academic year.
The 42 teams are competing for the title of global champion, the IBMC trophy and $25,000 in first place prize money. The teams will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to and receive feedback from mentors provided by the competition, list to guest speakers discuss startup topics, and go on a field trip to the “Silicon Slopes” in Provo.
Burden and his Grypshon team won third place in the Business Innovation Competition held by the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation. That competition began in February and the winners were announced April 15.
Grypshon also won first place in the student category of the Pitch & Pour event at UT in January and won the Startup Weekend Toledo competition at UT in September 2013.
Burden attended the Ohio National Guard Association’s state conference and exhibition held April 25-26 in Columbus. He is a member of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard Base at Toledo Express Airport.
Burden said he had the opportunity to meet with Major Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst at the ONGA conference. She has served as the Adjutant General at Joint Force Headquarters in Ohio since January 2011.
Burden said they discussed Grypshon’s products and their applications with the armed forces. He said she was impressed with the company’s products designed to provide a safer work environment for airmen performing maintenance and repairs on jet aircraft.
General Ashenhurst is a member of the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia. The Ohio National Guard consists of the Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve and Ohio Naval Militia, totaling more than 17,000 personnel. She began her military career by joining the Ohio Army National Guard in 1978.
Burden said that he also had the opportunity to network with several other generals and high-ranking officers of Ohio National Guard from around the state who attended the conference.
Burden is a mechanical engineering technology student at UT who is scheduled to graduate in May and a native of Celina, Ohio.
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