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Mornings unPHILtered - GSU program promotes entrepreneurs
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Luke Pittaway
    Host Phil Boyum welcomed Dr. Luke Pittaway to his “Mornings unPhiltered,” show on Monday.
    Pittaway is the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair in Free Enterprise in Georgia Southern's College of Business Administration. At GSU, he teaches entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial learning classes in the Department of Management, Marketing & Logistics.
    On Friday, the GSU program sponsored an "Entrepreneurial Event" in Statesboro. The School of Business organized the first-ever Eagle Fast Pitch Competition in which students, faculty, and locals 'pitched' new business ideas to a select team of judges. There were 16 entrants overall.
    Pittaway said the Atlanta area has held competitions of this sort before, but there has only been one other in Savannah and now one in Statesboro. Pittaway stated that he is already signing up entrants for next year's event, to be held sometime in November. For more information, he advised people to go to
     The student winner was James Kicklighter who proposed a means by which he could expand his film business that he started at the age of 15; the local winner was Tom Collins, formerly a professor at GSU who left to develop his invention that fends off mosquitoes; and the faculty winner was Pamela Marsh, who proposed a business that promotes Environmental Education.
    There were 20 judges for this event, which gave a wide range of business experience available for judging the wide range of new business ideas. The executive summary is judged, as is the actual 'pitch presentation, for the likelihood that those proposing it might actually be able to get the financial backing they need to make their idea a reality.
    Before coming to GSU, Pittaway was the senior lecturer in enterprise at the University of Sheffield in Great Britain. While at Sheffield, Pittaway he also held the position of director of Enterprise Education for the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development.
    Dr. Pittaway now writes a monthly column about free enterprise for the Savannah Business Report & Journal. He recent research focuses on entrepreneurship education where he has explored educational practices, institutional strategies and undertaken systematic literature review work on the subject.
    The United States, Pittaway said, has many different type of entrepreneurial centers, and many regional or even local areas, where ideas might succeed. The U.S., compared to Europe and China, does not have much public investment in inventions, which puts American inventors at somewhat of a disadvantage.
     “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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