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How We Met the Founder of Best Buy

On Thursday, April 12th, Anthony Valiulis and Salvador Alvarez embarked on their trip to compete at the 2nd annual eFest Competition in Minneapolis, MN. The grand prize was set at $75,000 for the best company pitch. Upon arrival, the team connected with college student entrepreneurs coming from all around the United States. Students from the West Coast all the way from the East Coast were competing to win the grand prize.

On the third day, the competitors were lining up to hear the final results for the championship top 5 company pitches. Anthony and Sal were the last in line, and before entering, the two looked behind. Standing there was Dick Schulze, happily conversing with his collegues. Sal approached Mr. Schulze to thank him sincerely for the opportunity. Anthony joined and discussed with Mr. Schulze about DaVinci Industries. The conversation was brief, and ended with Dick Schulze stating, “I want you to win, and I want you to win at life!”

The eFest Competition was built by the funding of Dick Schulze, the founder of Best Buy. It was held in Schulze Hall, the business department of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. After four days, the DaVinci Industries team walked out of the competition with $7,500 in prizes.


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