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TU Students Edge Out Other HBCUs for Top Spot in Business Competition

April 22, 2024

Contact: Thonnia Lee, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

TU Business Competition student team and coaches
TU Provost Hargrove with the Business Competition student team and coaches.

Tuskegee University students grabbed first place during the National HBCU/MI Entrepreneurship and Innovation Business Plan Competition held in Atlanta last weekend.

The students edged out 22 other HBCUs in developing written business plans that were presented to professionals and entrepreneurs in a “Shark Tank” protocol. The team presented an innovative project of a digital comic book software program to promote STEM and improve skills and knowledge for K-5 aged children in underrepresented communities. They earned $15,000 for their work.

Students included: Seanna E. Brooks, Kennedy Leggins, JaMiyah Cameron, and Raylon Autry.  The group was coached by Drs. Y. Essounga, S. Price, and Provost S. Keith Hargrove.

“This is one of many accolades of the quality of students that attend Tuskegee University,” said Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Provost and Senior Vice President.  “Our students in the School of Architecture & Construction Science won first place in a national competition on building design, and recently won First Place in the HBCU App Design Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee. Now our business students have demonstrated their ingenuity, curriculum knowledge, and creativity in a competitive environment as well.  Credit to our dedicated faculty and students in creating a learning space at the university to truly enhance real world experiences complemented by the academic programs at TU."


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