Business Innovation Group (BIG)
College of Business Administration

5th Venture Concept Exhibition

The Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership held its 5th Venture Concept Exhibition on Thursday 2nd December in the College of Information Technology Atrium.  The students also presented ‘stadium pitches’ of their ideas in the classroom on Tuesday 30th November.  The Venture Concept Exhibition allows students to present venture ideas to students, faculty and locals that they have been working on in their entrepreneurship classes.  The students come up with an innovative idea, undertake some basic market research and think through the business concept.  They are then invited to pitch their business idea for 5 minutes to a panel of ‘prospective investors’ and develop a trade show stand that demonstrates their business concept.  The trade show typically carries on for 2-3 hours and the students are expected to draw people to their stands and engage in conversations about their businesses.

This year two sections of the entrepreneurship class taught by Jim Williams (Entrepreneurial Fellow & Chair of the Center’s Advisory Council) took part and presented a diverse range of businesses, from GPS fitted arrows to a mailbox suction device designed to bring your mail from the mailbox to your house automatically.

Once again we are very grateful to our judges.  For the stadium pitch we would like to thank Frank Goforth (Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering) and Ron Medinger (MRC Associates LLC and Entrepreneurial Fellow) and for the exhibition we would like to thank Lynn Lilly (The Lilly Group LLC) and Mark Anderson (Joiner-Anderson Funeral Homes).

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