HBCU students could earn $5K by participating in Innovation Challenge
COLUMBIA, S.C. (PRESS RELEASE) — Colonial Life, a leader in worksite benefits, and The Company Lab are partnering to host the 2019 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Innovation Challenge.
The challenge invites juniors and seniors from HBCUs to work together to solve a real-world challenge facing the insurance industry, while exploring career opportunities at Colonial Life and its parent company, Unum.
The HBCU Challenge will recruit 32 undergraduate students from HBCUs within 250 miles of Unum’s office locations in Columbia, S.C.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Chattanooga, Tenn. Selected students will participate in a two-day innovation case competition hosted at Unum headquarters in Chattanooga Oct. 24-25.
“This program gives high-performing, talented students the opportunity to solve real business problems, while gaining exposure to the employee benefits industry,” said Wade Hinton, vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Colonial Life/ Unum. “It’s also a great way for us to identify potential talent.”
CO.LAB has organized several fast-paced competitions focused on building talent pipelines. Last March, the organization partnered with local startup FreightWaves to produce a case competition that brought college students from supply chain programs across the country, with intentions to connect with the region’s leading freight and logistics startups.
“We’re excited to combine our talent development experience with Unum’s leadership and knowledge in their field,” said Marcus Shaw, chief executive officer of CO.LAB. “I believe by the end of the event we will see students not only take away a great learning experience but also new relationships that could impact their career trajectory.”
Students selected to join the challenge have the chance to gain recognition and win cash prizes including $5,000 for the first-place team, $3,000 for the second-place team and $1,500 for the third-place team. Students interested in participating can apply at www.colab.co/events/unumhbcuchallenge. Nominations are open now through Sept. 13.