Claflin University Students Compete for $10,000 in Entrepreneurship Competition

Updated: 2/7/2014 10:21 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

For Immediate Release

February 6, 2014



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Inaugural Entrepreneurship Competition at Claflin University

Offers Students Experience, Opportunity to Build Their Own Business


Orangeburg, S.C. – Eleven teams of students will enter Claflin University’s own version of “Shark Tank” when they present their business proposals and ideas at the University’s first-ever Entrepreneurship Business Competition.

Like the popular ABC television show, teams of two to four undergraduate interdisciplinary students who have been working on and perfecting their projects since September will outline plans, offer analyses and prototypes, and showcase their marketing ingenuity for a panel of judges. Those judges will then decide which five teams have the most viable business ideas and will share $10,000 in prize money.

Projects range from high-tech products to those in the service industry. There’s a new nutrition drink, apps and clothing lines. Winning teams will have the opportunity to be mentored and take their ideas to the next level.

Business students are not the only ones involved in the competition, which is open to the public and will be held from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium at Claflin.

“We really were looking for cross-disciplinary teams,” interim School of Business dean Dr. Tara Saracina said. “We were really looking for people to work together and learn from one another.”


Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

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