Business & Industry Leaders Judge Chattanooga State Entrepreneur Projects

January 29, 2018 | Betty Proctor | Internal Press Release

netbook first place team

Lyn Potter, interim dean of Engineering and Information Technologies at Chattanooga State Community College welcomed guests and students to the entrepreneur project judging. Eight student teams participated in the Systems Analysis and Design class (CITC-2335) taught by Savitha Pinnepalli, Computer Information Technology department head and assistant professor, as they presented IT entrepreneurship projects to judges from the business and industry sector to complete the fall 2017 semester. The project specifications challenged students to develop an IT company from scratch.

Each team developed marketing materials that included logos, business cards, brochures, a website and social media outlets to promote their company. Using Visio, they created organizational charts, while budgets were prepared using Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Project Management software that included equipment and software acquisition for their companies. Finally, each team created a database, a website and used PowerPoint to present their work. They also submitted their research documentation on eLearn and provided hard copy binders.

Business and industry leaders judging each project included Steve Morrison, EPB; Toki Starks, Data Blue; Scott Brewster, Comcast; Tammy McDonough, ChattState; and Michael Creekmore, Dell EMC. Snagging first place was team “NetBOI” including Billy Roddy, Jameson Pace and John Jones Jr.; second place team “Homes of Tomorrow” included Robert Griffith, Kevin Boardman and Terry Morgan; while third place went to “High5 Environmental Data Solutions” members Josh McClure, Ben Wall and Melissa Rogers.

DC Blox, Ciena, Comcast and Data Blue sponsored prizes for the project. A small reception was held following the presentation.

For more information about this project and other opportunities in computer technology, contact Savitha Pinnepalli at 423.697.4756 or