SSON Graduate Student to Compete in Mizzou Entrepreneur Quest 2023

Sinclair School of Nursing Dean Lori Popejoy, right, celebrates with nursing doctoral candidate Lauren Compton at last month's pitch competition. Compton was chosen as the audience favorite and won $2,000 from Hawthorn Bank. 

Now in its fifth year, Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) is an opportunity for Mizzou undergraduate and graduate students to translate their ideas and side hustles into scalable ventures.

At the beginning of the fall semester, undergraduate and graduate students from across campus applied for a chance to participate in EQ. The top 15 teams took part in last month’s elevator pitch competition. Ten finalists with the most promising ventures won spots in the intensive, multi-week EQ education program offered by the Griggs Innovators Nexus.

During the September pitch competition, Lauren Compton, a doctoral student in the Sinclair School of Nursing, won $2,000 as the audience favorite. The aim of her venture, The Breast Formula, is to freeze dry breast milk for moms who want the ease of formula, but the nutritional and immunological benefits of breast milk.

“I have learned firsthand that breastfeeding moms do not get the support they deserve and when they do, it’s not always affordable or convenient,” Compton said. “I look forward to being an affordable, convenient resource to modernizing breastmilk so that parents can feel supported in giving their baby the best nutrition possible. “

Compton is one of ten student teams chosen to participate in Mizzou’s Entrepreneur Quest program. These ten finalists will will be competing in the Nov. 28 Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) finale at 4 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center.

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