Executive in Residence - Analytics


Paul Hurlocker, CEO and Co-Founder of Notch, Co.
October 23-24

Paul Hurlocker has been a Programmer, CTO, Chief Architect, and Consultant spanning numerous technology disciplines and industries over a 19 year career. For the last many years, he has been focused on evangelizing, designing, and implementing analytics and big data solutions, and distributed service-based systems. Paul is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Notch (, a consulting firm that delivers solutions to customers by applying its expertise in strategy, machine learning, and data engineering.


Paul Hurlocker met with MBA students to discuss analytics over lunch.

2016 COBE BB&T Innovation Competition

The Davis College BB&T Innovation Competition is an annual competition for students across the Radford University campus. In the 2016 fall semester, there were 451 participants, making up 79 teams for the competition. Fall 2016 winners included:

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  • Helping Hands: Runner Up and Best Social or Nonprofit
  • Millenial Refurbishing: Judges Choice Award
  • Entertainment Group: Most Creative
  • Words of Fitness: Best Use of Analytics
  • Team Innovation: Best Freshman/Sophomore Group


The DCOBE BB&T Innovation Competition is projected to grow in participation. We want to include other colleges and universities across Virginia in future competitions.

Generation Startup

The young men and women of Generation Startup are part of Venture For America (VFA), a program that sends recent college graduates to work at startups in fifteen cities around the country to train as entrepreneurs, and then helps them launch their own companies.


The Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

Requires students to give their best three-minute pitch focused on addressing three key factors -- What is the problem? How do they solve it? What do they need to make it happen? The Student Elevator Pitch Competition places students and their ideas in front of a panel of judges comprised of successful alumni, entrepreneurs, investors and people who can help make it happen. The panel will also give feedback on the ideas and presentations, i.e., the quality and substance of the pitch.

The Annual Business Plan Competition

Gives younger, student entrepreneurs an opportunity to test their business ideas before initiating the “launch sequence.” The business plan competition will help students validate their ideas as well as gaining some visibility from potential investors.” 9

Innovation Speaker Series

Students, faculty, alumni, industry partners and members of the community can hear how the speakers brought innovation to established companies, created wealth through innovation and launched their innovation.

The Regional Big Data Competition

Students will compete in bringing business insight through collecting, aggregating, analyzing and visualizing datasets drawn from social media, (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) real data from our industry partners and data from traditional sources, e.g., health, economic and census data. The competitions will focus on each of DCOBE’s disciplines, e.g., Marketing Analytics, Financial Analytics, Econometrics and HR/Talent Analytics but will be inclusive and invite students from related disciplines across the campus, e.g., Computer Science, Communications, Information Systems and Mathematics and Statistics.

The Analytics Case Team Competition

Is open to students from all universities in Virginia. Teams will compete in exploring big data to provide a recommendation for optimizing a business decision. Corporate sponsors will serve as judges for the competition, thus providing increased exposure to RU, DCOBE and our graduates.