Indian Bible College Wins 1st Annual 2017 7G Business Plan Competition

Posted: Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 3:22 AM

“Building Tomorrows Indigenous Entrepreneurs Today”

A total of $3,500 was awarded in seed funding by the 2017 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition (7G BPC), a first-year pitch and business plan competition hosted by NAU Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) in partnership with the Native American Business Incubator Network, Partnership With Native Americans, and the Kitchell Corporation.

The first-place winners of this year’s 1st Annual 2017 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition was a student team from Indian Bible College. Their business, the 1st Nations Timber Products, provides Industrial Rustic-style furniture for rustic lovers. They won a total of $2,500 in seed funding.

The first runner up was Whiz Ventures, a company that is creating new ways of learning and studying for class through virtual reality. NAU student Renaldo Holgate won $1,000 in seed funding to continue to enhance the design of his prototype and pilot program. 

CAIED plans to continue this competition annually with the help of the 7G BPC partners and sponsor, Johnson Scholarship Foundation. CAIED’s overall goal is to create a motivation and movement among Native youth to engage in entrepreneurship. Student teams were given bi-weekly trainings from February to May 2017 working one-on-one with business consultant, Jessica Stago, and CAIED coordinator, Crystal Cree.

Coming up is the 2018 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition. Applications available July 5, 2017 on the CAIED website Business Plan Competition page HERE.

For more information contact Crystal Cree, CAIED coordinator, at

This event was sponsored by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.

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