At the beginning of the Fall 2011 term, the Center for Education on Social Responsibility initiated an exciting new Company Project competition within the BCOR 1010 Introduction to Business Class. Designed to encourage teamwork and an entrepreneurial spirit, the competition required students to invent a company and develop a complete business plan incorporating concepts learned in lectures and case studies. Over the course of the term, students in 24 Discussion Sections developed plans for a wide variety of businesses including energy-saving electrical outlets, GPS tracking devices, student cleaning services and other concepts.
On the evening of Monday, December 5, representatives of each of the Discussion Sections stepped up to present in front of their peers and instructors, vying for first place honors within their Lecture Section.
Kevin McMahon, one of three BCOR 1010 Instructors, commends their efforts, stating, “We were overwhelmed with the creativity, thoroughness, and passion each group demonstrated.” Discussion Leader Doug Bennett was also impressed: “This was a terrific night, and the young men and women performed admirably…to think that only a few months ago, most of them were in high school and here they were presenting intelligently and with great poise.”
The “Pinslator” team won the first place award in Section 100, with “E-Go” and “Green Machine” winning first place in their sections. “Everyone performed well, [so] selecting the winning presentations was downright painful,” Instructor Beth Cross laments, adding, “These performances were a credit to our young students and they are a credit to all of our Instructors and Discussion Leaders.” The winners will receive a unique “BCOR 1010 Fall 2011 Company Project Champion” logoed water bottle trophy. Please congratulate these students on their success as you recognize them on campus with their trophies!