University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Students Advance to Final Round of WV Business Plan Competition


Charleston, WV – Ten student pharmacists from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) have been selected to advance to the final round of the West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition.  The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition provides West Virginia college students the opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of their institutions and business professionals from around the nation.

This year, the University of Charleston (UC) had 128 entries in the competition – a record number of entries by any one university in one year. As the competition ensued, UC student teams made up 21 of the 30 semi-finalists who made it to the next round. Six of those 21 teams comprised of student pharmacists. Four of the six teams have advanced to the final round:

  • Hello Hydrate (Sydney Sowell, Hailey Smith, and Allyssa Bradford) – Lifestyle & Innovation Category
  • Memory Bank (Leila Fleming) – Lifestyle & Innovation Category
  • VoixRx (Rawlings Ebot-Enow, Koffi Amegadje and Stephanie Turner) – Lifestyle & Innovation   Category
  • Hemeworks Technologies (Jawanda Davis, Taylor Clemons and Obiechina Ezekwesili) – STEM/Technology Category
  • Roulette (Koffi Amegadje) - STEM/Technology Category

“Our students have demonstrated great commitment to making the most of the professional educational opportunities afforded at the University of Charleston,” said Dr. Michelle Easton, UCSOP Dean. “It is humbling to witness them embracing their traditional pharmaceutical studies and marry them to unique and creative applications that promote health and wellness.”

In consideration for advancement, WV Business Plan Competition semifinalists submitted a 5-7 page feasibility study, presented a two-minute elevator pitch and underwent rounds of interviews with judges at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The top five teams in each category (Lifestyle and Innovation; Hospitality and Tourism; and STEM/Technology) advanced.

As part of the final round of the competition, the ten student pharmacists listed above will attend a workshop at West Virginia Wesleyan on February 3, 2018 and final groups’ business plans are due on April 16, 2018. The final competition will occur on April 20, 2018 at West Virginia University where each team will present their final business plan and an oral presentation to a panel of judges.

The winning team will receive a $10,000.00 reward in addition to business, accounting and legal guidance in order to start their business in West Virginia. For more information pertinent to the competition, please visit: