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Pelican Cup

Dhu Thompson founder of The Entrepreneurship Pelican Cup banner


Dhu Thompson

Thompson is a distinguished ULM alumnus and founder, past owner, and former chairman of the board for Delta Plastics, producer of agricultural irrigation tubing, and the largest recycler of plastics in Arkansas. He is also the former owner and past chairman of the board for Revolution Bag that manufactures EPA-compliant trashcan liners. Thompson’s honors include 2004 Arkansas Business Executive of the Year and SBA Person of the Year. In 2019 he sold the Revolution brands to a New York private equity firm and now focuses on entrepreneurship growth in Arkansas and Louisiana.  



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The Entrepreneurship Pelican Cup will have three elements:

Round 1: Team application and submission of Intent to Compete, team video, and written business plan; judging and selection of up to six finalists for both divisions.

Round 2: Finalists oral presentations to judges; selection of top three winners in each division.

Elevator Pitch Competition and Awards Presentation: A representative of the 6 finalist teams will make a:90 pitch during the awards presentation before the competition winners are announced.


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2024 Dates


January 3 – 8:00 a.m.

The team application window opens online in YouNoodle.


February 25 – 11:59 p.m.

Application deadline and business plans due.


March 15 – Noon

Announcement of finalists (6)
Round 1 judges’ feedback forwarded to finalist teams’ leaders and advisors.


March 26

Finalist oral presentations and judges’ deliberations to determine first, second, and third place winners for each division.


April 19 – 11:30 a.m.

Awards Presentation with Elevator Pitch competition for division finalists, followed by the announcement of winners.