Published on April 17, 2019 by Morgan Black  
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Samford University’s Brock School of Business and Regions Bank will once again team up to present the 11th annual Regions New Venture Challenge  business plan competition on April 26 in the Regions Community Resource Room in Samford’s Cooney Hall.

Students interested in starting their own business can enter the competition for the chance to win start-up capital, gain publicity and receive mentoring to help start their businesses. Students can be business or non-business majors. Students from other universities can also compete, but all teams must include at least 50 percent Samford undergraduate or graduate students or recent Samford alumni as team members. First, second, and third place prizes are available for the Open Division valued at $7,500, $5,000, and $2,500, respectively.

“Some people think this is just a competition, but it’s a life changing event,” said 2018 Regions New Venture Challenge Open Division winner Alex Tian ’18. “The last month or two of school completely changed the direction of my life,” Tian added. “I have no idea where I’d be today with the Regions Challenge.”

The competition is open to spectators from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Learn more here.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.