Garvey Young Claims First Prize in Quinnipiac's Business Plan Competition

HAMDEN, Conn. – Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.), a former men's basketball player and current graduate student at Quinnipiac University, took home first prize in Quinnipiac University's Business Plan Competition which was held on Friday, April 12, 2013. Young has dedicated his time to developing a business for prospective college basketball players and seems to be headed in the right direction.

Young, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 2012, won the $5,000 first prize in the Quinnipiac University School of Business' Business Plan Competition. He has been working since last spring on Draftspot, which he describes as "a social branding platform that introduces athletes and coaches through digital media."  

Young plans to start Draftspot, now in a pre-launch phase, next year, but before that happens he's got a busy summer ahead, including volunteering as a teacher in Ghana and playing in Europe for the FIBA International Basketball Federation. Young played basketball for two years at the University of Vermont, and then became a big scorer the last two seasons with the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

Young wrapped up his collegiate basketball career this past season. He joined Quinnipiac in the 2011-12 season and stepped into an immediate leadership role for the Bobcats. Young averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting close to 40 percent from the floor. His season was highlighted by a 16-point performance against Lehigh where he was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.