Team Kollarbor8 Takes Top Honors in COB 300 Business Plan Competition


COB 300 winnersCongratulations to Team Kollabor8, who took first place in the 2013 COB 300 Business Plan Competition held on Saturday, April 13. Team members included Allyson Alderfer, Nichole Barnes, Francis Gerow, Brandi Lash and Molly Wolford. Their business plan was to sell kinetic phone cases through lithium ion cells.

This competition marked the 11th year for the annual event. The five final teams were selected during two rounds of judging by panels consisting of College of Business alumni and business professionals who reviewed and rated the plans. Prizes and scholarships totaling $25,000 were awarded to the winning teams. The College of Business Executive Advisory Council and friends of the College of Business provide these funds.  

Many thanks to the students who participated, the judges who volunteered their time, the parents and family members who attended, and the faculty and staff who supported the event.


First place:
 Kollabor8 (Best Idea)
Allyson Alderfer (MVP), Nichole Barnes (MVP), Francis Gerow, Brandi Lash and Molly Wolford (MVP)

Second place: BlitzMotors
Vanessa Escobar, Ben Ley, Bret Thompson, Robert Tilly and Daniel Zirkle

Third place: Extra Mile Mechanics (Best Team Award)
Catherine Adams, Alexis Johnson-Gresham, Meghan McNally, Molly Reilly and Gabriel Steelman

Fourth place: PowerPods
Caroline Burger, Miles Colmon, Toney Lorezni (MVP), Batzorig Misheel, Wayne Spindler, Foster Woodburn

Fifth place: BioShield 
Kirsten Chaney (MVP), Brendan Shockley, Katie Szymanski, Karen Teos (MVP), Freddy Weber and Chris Wilhelm

Many thanks to the following volunteers who judged the competition:

  • Don Rainey (Chief Judge), General Partner, Grotech Capital Ventures
  • Mary Ann Alger, First Lady, JMU
  • Lois Forbes, Board of Visitors
  • Wayne Jackson, CEO, Sonatype
  • Michael Rebibo, President/CEO/Founder, 1st Portfolio Inc.
  • Michael Stoltzfus, President & CEO, Dynamic Aviation

The COB 300 Business Plan Competition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of these COB students. This showcase event gave students the opportunity to present their business cases to a distinguished panel of judges and provided them an excellent opportunity to experience presenting business proposals in a real-world setting. 

Visit our Facebook to view photos from the event. 

Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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