2021 Contender Challenge to be held Oct. 11-14

Sep. 17, 2021

Lee Business School is pleased to announce this year’s Contender Challenge, happening October 11-14, sponsored by Cox Communications. In its eleventh year, the Contender Challenge is an Apprentice-like competition open to teams representing LEE Student Organizations and classes. 

Undergraduate students compete in daily real-life business challenges, allowing them to demonstrate their entrepreneurial strength by applying leadership, teamwork, management, and marketing abilities. Judges are business executives and career professionals who will evaluate teams on problem-solving, creativity, feasibility, thoroughness, and presentation quality. 

To participate, teams will need to check in between 9-9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5. See complete schedule for this year's competition below.

Janet Runge, Global Entrepreneurship Experience coordinator and organizer of the week's activities, said the contest gives students the opportunity to prepare for competition beyond UNLV. "The business school sends students all over the country to compete," she said. "Ultimately, this contest allows students to practice the skills they'll need in the real world, to be able to make a case for what they want, and communicate it successfully."

Teams winning daily challenges receive $500 for their organizations and the overall winner $1,000. As well, there are individual cash prizes for participants recognized as MVPs by the judges. The Cox Contender champion is also recognized with a banner that will hang in the BEH Atrium for the next year. 

But the rewards aren’t all monetary. Ryder Hankins has participated in the Contender Challenge for the past three years and says this, “The Contender Challenge has given me the opportunity to sharpen my marketing skills and creativity, and helped me to identify my strengths in business. Through competing in the Contender Challenge, I learned I really wanted to be a marketing major. I look forward to competing each year and seeing the new cohort of business students using this opportunity to grow their skills!” 

This year’s schedule is:

October 5: Team Check-In – 9:00 - 9:30 am 
Teams will check-in and draw times for each daily challenge starts and presentations. Teams that miss the Check-In are still welcome to participate each day but will be assigned start and presentation times. BEH-318

October 11:  Cox Media Sales and Marketing Challenge: Challenge pick-ups begin 8:30 am, presentations 1:00- 5:00 pm, (up to 4 team members) Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BEH-205)

October 12: Cox Business Innovation Challenge: Challenge pick-ups begin 8:30 am, presentations 1:00- 5:00 pm, (all organization members, up to 4 team members presenting) Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BEH-205)

October 13: Cox Communications Career and Professional Development Challenge: Challenge pick-ups begin 8:30 am, Part 1: 12:30 – 4:30 pm (up to 4 team members), Part 2: 4:30 – 5:00 pm (1 team rep.) Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BEH-205)

October 14: Cox Communications Ethics Challenge: Challenge pick-ups begin 8:30 am, Presentations 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (up to 4 team members) Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BEH-205)

October 14: Cox Contender Challenge Winners Revealed: Team and Individual Awards presented, 3:00 pm, All organization members welcome. BEH Atrium   

For more information contact Janet Runge: BEH 312, 895-3022, janet.runge@unlv.edu.


About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve nearly seven million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities, and the characteristics that make each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.
About Cox Business 
The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides voice, data, and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including health care providers; K−12 and higher education; financial institutions; and federal, state, and local government organizations. The organization also serves most of the top-tier wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers in the U.S. through its wholesale division. For more information, please visit www.coxbusiness.com. 

About Cox Media
Cox Media is the advertising sales division of Cox Communications, the third-largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country. With nearly 30 offices in 18 different states, Cox Media covers six million households across our footprint, connecting advertisers of all sizes to audiences across multiple screens.  Anyone, anywhere, any screen is at the center of our core offerings, with a focus on innovative digital media and TV advertising solutions to match individual client needs.