On Thursday, March 28, Auburn University's Raymond J. Harbert College of Business kicked off its 2019 Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit, a two-day event featuring programs aimed at honoring alumni and students from each of AU's colleges and schools. The annual event closed with the Top Tigers awards luncheon on Friday, March 29.

Trent Kocurek, CEO/Co-founder and Auburn University Alum (right), and Adam Aldrich, President / Co-founder (left), attend the 2019 Top Tigers awards luncheon at Auburn University

Airship was awarded 2nd place for outstanding revenue growth in its Top Tigers category at the 2019 ceremony, making this the second year in a row to be both recognized and ranked in the top 3. 

Luke Richardson accepts Airship's award at the 2019 Top Tigers ceremony

Top Tigers recognizes the fastest-growing companies founded, owned, or led by Auburn University alumni. Nominees are evaluated based on revenue growth and their ability to operate in a manner consistent with the Auburn Creed. They are categorized by company size - Small, Medium, and Large - and then ranked according to growth. All companies on the Top Tigers list are recognized at the luncheon and the top 3 are revealed during the awards ceremony.

In 2018, Airship ranked #1 in the small companies for revenue growth. 

Airship crew joins 2019 Top Tigers celebration at Auburn University

CEO and Co-founder Trent Kocurek and Lead Opportunity Explorer Luke Richardson are both Raymond J. Harbert College of Business alumni. This year, Luke accepted the honor on behalf of Airship. 

Luke Richardson, Lead Opportunity Explorer at Airship, holding the 2019 Top Tigers Award from Auburn University

Start with: What problem are you trying to solve? 

One of the activities we work through revolves around refining your problem statement. A problem statement is the key business problem that needs to be solved. In software development, it states “what has to be done” for a project to succeed. It does not say, “how it has to be done.”

We use the 5W’s + 1 H format as well as the SMART Framework when establishing a problem statement. In fact, you can draft your own problem statement by using our free download. This download will get you thinking through some of the questions and answers prior to starting your project.

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