Editor’s note: The 2012 Fowler Business Concept Challenge is coming up quickly and Opus Magnum will be highlighting a few past winners here over the coming days in hopes of inspiring entries for this year – from both the undergraduate and graduate populations on campus here at UST.

We have posted about the Midwest Tomato Fest a few times and wanted to highlight their presentation at the 2011 Challenge.

Kamal Mohamed wowed judges at the 2011 Fowler Business Concept Challenge with his highly creative business concept, Midwest Tomato Fest. He pitched it as, “A tomato fight to fight hunger,” as the event uses inedible tomatoes and donates a percentage of the proceeds to feeding the hungry. His presentation included some great video clips of the 2011 festival and was full of energy and enthusiasm. Kamal was awarded the third place $2,500 scholarship and the $1,000 best presenter award.

Check out his presentation:

About the Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the Fowler Business Concept Challenge asks students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business. The teams that submit the winning business concept in each of two divisions (undergraduate and graduate) receive University of St. Thomas scholarships. Visit the Fowler Website or Facebook Page for more information!

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is named in recognition of Ron Fowler ’66, chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments Inc., whose generous gift to the university has made this and future competitions possible.