Concord University Students Among Finalists In Business Competition

ATHENS, W.Va. – A team of Concord University students is among five finalists in the West Virginia Innovation and Business Model Competition (WVIBMC). The competition’s semi-finals were part of Innovation Weekend held March 6 and 7 on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. 

As finalists, CU teammates Madison Lilly and Hannah Lawrence were to advance to the statewide finals originally planned for April 2 in Charleston, W.Va.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the finals were cancelled and each of the five finalist teams was awarded $500.

College and university students from around the state were eligible to participate in the WVIBMC and the workshop that included a boot camp on design thinking.

Lawrence is a freshman majoring in Business Administration at Concord. She is from Nitro, W.Va. A sophomore from Beaver, W.Va., Lilly is majoring in Business Administration with a management emphasis and an entrepreneurship minor.

Also representing Concord at the event were Christabel Ofodile and Taylor Lewis. From Abuja, Nigeria, Ofodile is a junior majoring in Business Administration with a management emphasis and an entrepreneurship minor. Lewis, from Amory, Miss., is a senior majoring in Computer Information Systems and minoring in business administration and entrepreneurship. 

“I was honestly so thrilled to see each of them participate. They worked on their ideas, interviewed potential customers, reshaped their dreams all in a matter of a couple of days. I could see how passionate each of them were. I have no doubt they will continue with their business ideas long after this semester. I’m so proud of each of them. They inspire me daily,”

Angela Addair, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement 
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

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Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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