Business Innovation Group (BIG)
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Global Entrepreneurship Week Ends with BIG Cornhole Catapult Ringers

Another great Global Entrepreneurship Week is in the books. The week started off wonderfully with the Mayor’s proclamation, read by Councilman Boyum. The proclamation gave a brief summary of Global Entrepreneurship Week as an initiative aimed at young people all over the world to connect, inspire, mentor, and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This proclamation is just one of the many ways that the City of Statesboro continues to show support for all the efforts of the Business Innovation Group at City Campus. We are thankful to have the City of Statesboro as our partner.

The week continued with lectures from area experts. Ron Kirby gave a motivational talk on Wednesday evening about leadership and guiding a team after which we enjoyed an intimate networking event on Wednesday at Eagle Creek Brewery. We rounded out speakers on Thursday morning with our first webcast ProBid procurement session featuring Gulfstream.

The highlight of the week definitely came at the end with our first ever BIG Maker Day on Saturday. This was our first attempt at a maker faire type event. The purpose was to build excitement and intrigue of what’s to come with the area’s first Digital Fabrication Laboratory. BIG Maker Day landed on the heels of the One Georgia grant award which will help to fund the equipment for the FabLab.

Regular Farmer’s Market grazers wandered over to see what the excitement was all about. Spectators were amazed by sample products, provided by Technical Training Aids, made by a 3D printer similar to what will be available when the FabLab opens. Kids also enjoyed constructing Build and Grow kits provided by Lowes.

Spectators and attendees alike were especially captivated by the BIG Cornhole Catapult workshop and competition. Eight teams showed up at 9 am Saturday morning to begin constructing catapults. The Maven Makers of Savannah, Ty Donaldson and Tim Cone, brought lumber and other materials, giving each team the same ‘kit’ to make their catapult with.  It was especially intriguing to watch as teams got creative and made modifications in hope of increasing their chances of winning.

Teams ranged from middle school aged kids to hobbyists and professionals. BIG thanks to all the teams who participated: M Squared, The Bright Knights, Statesboro High School, The Lobbits, Boro Take Out, Spencer and the Red Beards, Trubert, and Team Brodie.

M Squared seemed to have a pretty accurate catapult during first adjustments. They experimented by adding more weight to gain distance, but had a devastating malfunction when the load became too much for the bucket to hold. They recovered well and had a good showing in the three rounds of general competition.

The rest of the teams had a few hits here and there landing a bag or two on the boards. They all had their fair share of misses as well. Spencer and the Red Beards, led by Councilman Boyum placed third. Their catapult seemed deadly accurate, but a little too much arc resulted in bags hitting and bouncing off the board.

Trubert and Team Brodie found themselves in a sudden death fourth round match. Both teams tied with five points each at the end of round three. Trubert, consisting of Robert Faller and True West, landed one more bag in sudden death. However, it was Team Brodie that went home with the bounty by landing two bags. Congratulations to Cleve, Lori, and Bryce Kinard and Austin Lasota for taking home the first place chalice.

BIG thanks to everyone involved. A special thanks to Sea Island Bank for providing tailgate chairs and Robert Faller for making a beautiful set of custom cornhole boards for the winners. Most of all thanks to our outstanding volunteers and staff at City Campus and to the Maven Makers for creating custom chalices for the winners and moderating such an enjoyable event in Downtown Statesboro.  We appreciate all the support and look forward to building upon this momentum to cultivate the creative culture in our region.

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