4th Annual Creative Communication Competition - The 25 Hour Experience

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When: Fri., Feb. 21 @ 4:00
Ends: Sat., Feb. 22 @ 5:00
Host: Business Essentials, School of Business
Event contact: guidam@vcu.edu
Audience: Undergraduate students
Building: Snead Hall

What: Invest half a weekend challenging yourself! Develop, rehearse, and deliver a business presentation with the help of professional coaches and compete for $2,500 in prize money. This 25-hour mentored experience begins with the announcement of topics on Friday afternoon and culminates with the final round of presentations on Saturday afternoon.   

When: Friday, February 21, 4-11 PM and Saturday, February 22, 8 AM-5 PM

How will it work? Registered students arrive in Snead Hall by 4 PM. Each student receives a topic with background research (yes, you can trade!) and begins to design a 3-minute presentation. You work all Friday evening to design a compelling presentation (with support from presentation consultants),  Your outlines are due by 11 PM. (There’s a prize for best outline!)

Don’t worry! Food and beverages will be provided. See the schedule for more details.

Saturday morning, bright and early, students will arrive back in Snead Hall to begin rehearsing in small groups under the guidance of presentation coaches. Early in the afternoon, all students compete in Round 1 in front of a panel of judges from the business community. Top presenters in each topic will move forward to Round 2, competing for cash prizes. Contestants who do not move forward to the second round become judges for the Competitors Choice category. 

1st: $1,000

2nd: $750

3rd: $500

Best Outline: $250

Competitors Choice: $250


  • Must be enrolled as VCU School of Business Undergraduate major or minor.
  • Participants are required to be present for the entirety of the event, Friday, February 21, 4-11 PM and Saturday, February 22, 8 AM-5 PM.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes in length.
  • Presentations must include an element of story and recognize and address the ethical considerations of the subject.
  • Participants are expected to dress in Business Professional attire for Day 2, Saturday, February 22nd, for rehearsing and competing (Friday is casual).

Registration: There is no fee to participate in this experience.
Click here to Sign-Up as a competitor in the 4th Annual Creative Communication Competition. 

Workshops: Every Friday leading up to the competition, there will be FREE workshops for participants in Studio BE (Snead 1212) from 11-11:30 AM, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14.