Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Clemson Student Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes Clemson University undergraduate and graduate business owners for their entrepreneurial initiatives. Thomas Brush was Spiro's 2013 winner.

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2013 CUSEY Finalists

The 2013 CUSEY finalists were Thomas Brush and Isiah Hill. Thomas went on to win CUSEY at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

The 2013 CUSEY finalists were Thomas Brush and Isiah Hill. Thomas went on to win CUSEY.

2012 CUSEY Finalists

2012 Finalists

From left to right, they are JonPaul Turner, Scott Rodgers, Anna Laure Meeks, Kyle Cornelius and Robert L. Miller, III. Kyle Cornelius was our 2012 winner.

Where are they now?

Kyle Cornelius, winner of the 2012 Clemson Student Entrepreneur of the year award, says Storific has become my life, but I enjoy every second of it. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel to France to meet with high level investors as well as the web conference in Dublin where Storific made it to the semi finals in the startup competition. We have implemented credit card processing and email login to better answer the needs of our customers and users. The most important lesson I can share with aspiring entrepreneurs is to ensure funding at the beginning. You never want to spend months of your time, in the middle of starting up your business, trying to find investors; you lose leverage and precious time.

2011 CUSEY Finalists

2011 Student Entrepreneurs

The five 2011 finalists were (from left to right) Chris Moses, Metro Materials LLC; Tori August, SaVi Design LLC; Lauren Vitek, Vitek Sails; Tradd Cotter, Mushroom Mountain LLC and Cory Althoff, IndieBuzz LLC. Award and certificates were presented at the annual Celebration of Clemson Alumni Entrepreneurs held on March 29, 2011, at the Madren Center.

Where are they now?

Tradd Cotter, winner of the 2011 Clemson Student Entrepreneur of the year award, is giving tours and continuing to maintain over fifty species of edible and medicinal mushrooms at his “Mushroom Mountain.” He is constantly isolating new strains from our native forests. His 8-acre research farm and tissue culture laboratory is located near Clemson, SC. Cotter’s goals are to develop environmentally sensitive farming practices for future generations, coupling sustainability with an economically viable model for mushroom farms at home and world-wide