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Moguls in the Making

Published date: March 27, 2019

Moguls in the Making

Virginia State University students have done it again!  Five Trojans have earned the opportunity to compete in the “Moguls in the Making” competition. Big Sean, a Detroit rapper and entrepreneur, and Ally Financial have partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Program to find the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds among publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

VSU students will participate in a two and a half day business competition beginning March 29 in Detroit. Students will be tasked with developing solutions to economic problems facing various industries, and then pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, venture capitalists, and other investors.

VSU is one of ten historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) selected. The students who will represent VSU are as follows:

  • Guy DeWeever II, a junior marketing major
  • Corey J. Vickers, a junior marketing major;
  • Xavier H. Kelly, a junior computer science major;
  • Carey Hollis, a senior mechanical engineering major; and
  • Tiara Jasey, a sophomore management major

VSU Campus Coordinator for TMCF Daniel Roberts, Ph.D. noted that “he couldn’t be more proud of the students selected to participate in this new competition. These kinds of experiences provide incredible opportunities for students to refine their skills and to network with extremely influential business leaders.”

Other participating HBCUs are Alabama A&M University, Elizabeth City State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Tennessee State University. 

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