A custom greeting card startup that gives consumers a more personal touch won Bradley University’s 2016 Project Springboard Competition. Lettering Works, a custom lettering and greeting card design company created by Chelsie Tamms, a graphic design and Spanish double major at Bradley University, utilizes hand lettering to achieve a more intimate and genuine card giving experience.

Project Springboard is Bradley University’s entrepreneurship initiative which inspires and educates aspiring entrepreneurs in the creation, startup, and early stages of launching a business. The Project Springboard New Venture Competition brings students real-life business startup experience and the opportunity to win cash and services to help them successfully launch their new business venture.

Hard work and persistence have certainly paid off. As the winner of the Bradley University Brave Pitch Competition and also as a member of the winning team of Startup Weekend Peoria, Tamms has seen the emerging campus entrepreneurial scene from an up close and personal view. “I knew I wanted to start my own business at some point, but I never thought it would be while I was still in college,” says Tamms. “After seeing all the resources available, I felt like I needed to take advantage of them.”

In addition to seeking out resources and participating in numerous community events, Tamms successfully completed a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign called, “Just My Type of Lettering: A How-To Book On Hand Lettering.” The experience provided positive feedback and market validation.

This is the 10th annual Bradley University Project Springboard competition, and over 50 student founders have pitched ideas since 2007. Last year AutoSwash, a clothing cleaning system, won the competition.

Here are the other participating startups of the 2016 Bradley University Project Springboard Competition:

Dov Creek Gourmet Snacks | a company that produces uniquely flavored tortilla chips.

Share. | a textbook sharing platform enterprise.

Bag Boy | an innovative engineering company with a product that allows consumers carry multiple bags with a handheld device that has sturdy rungs.

Targe | is a social gaming network and community with apps that links players of all skill levels together.