COBE BB&T Innovation Competition

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What to Expect

This competition is open to ALL students from the Radford University community, graduate and undergraduate. You will utilize your creativity and innovative skills to effectively solve a real-world problem. Students form groups of four or five and there are two rounds to the competition.

In the first round, students write a one-page summary of what the innovative idea is, how it is useful, and who it helps. This round also includes a 60-second commercial. These commercials will be sent to other participants for critiques. 

The second round involves professors looking at student videos and narrowing the field to the top ten teams. After this, those teams present their idea to outside judges and winning teams are presented with their prizes.

2019 BB&T Schedule

Day, Date and Time




Tue Sept 3, 8 am


Sign up opens

Tue Sept 10, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 1

Defining Problems (Jane Machin, PhD)

Thur Sept 19, 8 am

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 2

Become a Coachable Entrepreneur (Brian Cork Coaching)

Wed Sept 25, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 3

Solutions that Create Value (Iain Clelland, PhD)

Thur Oct 3, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 4

The Venture Lab (Steve Childers, PhD)

Fri Oct 11, 11 am-1 pm

Kyle 340

Coaching Session 5

Experience Innovation Certification (Lighthouse Labs)

Thur Oct 17, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 6

Identifying Opportunities (1901 Group)

Fri Oct 25 10 am-12 pm

2nd Floor, Kyle

Poster Session 1

The Problem (teams and external judges)

Tue Oct 29, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 7

Intellectual Property (Mike Miller, Avolant LLC)

Thur Nov 7, 5:30 pm

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 8

Pitching Solutions (Jerry Kopf, PhD)

Wed Nov 13, 12 noon

Kyle 320

Coaching Session 9

Starting a Business (Cheryl Tucker, SBDC)

Fri Nov 22, 5 pm


Video of Pitch

Upload 2-min pitch video to Vimeo

Thanksgiving Break 


Dec 6

9am-12 pm

Kyle 340

Poster Session 2

Judges review team posters

2 pm-4 pm

Kyle 320

Live Pitch Final

Finalists pitch live to judges

2 pm-4 pm

Kyle 320

Award Presentation

Judges deliberate and decide winners

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Fall 2016 Winners

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               Millenial Refurbishing
                    Judges' Choice

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                   Team Innovation
    Best Freshman/Sophomore Group

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                Entertainment Group
                       Most Creative

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                    Helping Hands
                        Runner Up
             Best Social or Nonprofit

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                    Words of Fitness
                 Best Use of Analytics

Fall 2017 Winners

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                         Team Backpackers
                        Winner - First Place

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                          Team EcoCase
           Best Nonprofit or Social Innovation

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                              The Herd
                     Most Creative Effort

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                       Team Animal House
                   Runner Up - Second Place

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                              Team GTech
                            Judges' Choice

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                              Group 40
                     Best Use of Analytics