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Columbia College student receives startup funding in pitch competition

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Angela Houston recently received the $5,000 Fishman Entrepreneur Award to help launch her business, Visionality Consulting. Houston, from Mexico, Mo., received the startup funding by winning the 2013 Columbia College Pitch Competition. Reminiscent of the ABC program Shark Tank, six Columbia College students pitched their business plans to a panel of entrepreneurs in hopes of securing startup funding.

“I’m truly honored to receive this award,” said Houston, a junior at Columbia College. “This scholarship brings me closer to realizing an idea that I’m very passionate about, and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great people.”

Houston is pursuing a business administration degree with majors in management and marketing. Houston’s business plan involves providing consultative services to major brands that target a young audience, with an overall goal of increasing efficiency and growth for the organization.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit