VCIC Global Finals – One Team’s Perspective

April 24, 2014 By Patrick Vernon Copenhagen blog photo

“…one of the most amazing experiences of our MBA…” OUR VCIC Experience – Team Copenhagen Business School It all started a few weeks before the Global Finals when our team won the Europe North Regional Finals in London. We were more than excited, being the first time for Copenhagen Business School participating at the global competition. However, with exams going on in the month of March, not much time could be dedicated to the preparation of the competition. When we arrived to Chapel Hill, a couple of days before competition in order to recover from jet lag, our goals were pretty clear: we had in mind to give our best to compete, to learn and to have fun. We rented Read More

Why Entrepreneurship Competitions Matter

March 17, 2014 By Brittany Hobson clay

Former Carolina Challenge competitor Clay Schossow recently posted an article on his website titled “Business Plan Competitions, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development.” As an undergraduate at UNC, Clay was a member of a team participating in the Carolina Challenge. His team, New Media Campaigns, went on to be one of the winners of the competition.  Eight years later, the Carborro-based full-service web design, development, and marketing firm is thriving. New Media Campaigns‘ success shows exactly how startup competitions really can lead to successful businesses. Business Plan Competitions, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Clay Schossow (The original post containing this article can be found here) I recently read about Buffalo’s new business plan competition to try and spur entrepreneurship in the area.  It’s Read More

Alumni Profile: Coleman Greene

February 26, 2014 By Brittany Hobson Coleman Greene, MBA '11

First Name: Coleman Last Name: Greene Current Employer or Venture:  Sqord, Inc. Current Job Title: Founder and CEO Degree/Year at Kenan-Flagler: MBA ‘11 Previous Degree(s): B.A. Vanderbilt University Career Highlights:  Associate at Linden Thomas & Company, Founder of Dore Duds, Financial Center Manager at Wachovia Bank MBA Activities: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club President (2010-2011), Carolina Venture Fellow at Parish Capital Advisors Tell us a bit about Sqord: Sqord is redefining what active play means to today’s “connected” generation of youth. The Sqord platform inspires kids to rediscover the fun in everyday active play by allowing them to compete and earn points for being active. With their proprietary hardware-software platform, Sqord provides kids a fun and easy way to keep Read More

Carolina Challenge featured in the Triangle Business Journal’s BizBlog

January 26, 2014 By Brittany Hobson 10yearlogo_white

  Carolina Challenge CEO Sam Stone was interviewed by Triangle Business Journal staff writer Lauren K. Ohnesorge. The interview was featured on the TBJ’s BizBlog under the title “What Chapel Hill startups should know about the Carolina Challenge.” What Chapel Hill startups should know about the Carolina Challenge Entrepreneurs, listen up! The deadline for UNC-Chapel Hill’s own entrepreneurship initiative, the Carolina Challenge, is swiftly approaching. The program, whose alumni companies include Durham-based Windsor Circle, is a student-led business and social venture competition designed to promote entrepreneurship at UNC. The deadline to apply is Jan. 27. With the deadline looming, I thought I’d ask newly minted student CEO Sam Stone why you should apply: Give us the one-liner: What is Carolina Read More

Former Carolina Challenge Participant: MedPLUS Connect

January 15, 2014 By Brittany Hobson MedPLUS

MedPLUS Connect is a global health organization founded by three UNC grads in 2009. I had the pleasure of speaking to the Executive Director of MedPLUS Connect, Anna Finestone.   It all started with a trip to Ghana. UNC graduates Lauren Slive, Emma Lawrence and Emily Nix were inspired to take action after participating in a Campus Y trip to Ghana as undergraduates.  Throughout the trip, they witnessed first-hand the lack of medical supplies and basic equipment available to underserved healthcare systems in Africa. This year, the former Carolina Challenge participant MedPLUS Connect will be celebrating its five-year anniversary. The global health organization connects the health systems in developing countries with medical supplies and equipment recovered from American hospitals and Read More

UNC in Silicon Valley- Feb. 6-7

January 13, 2014 By Brittany Hobson silicon valley

We’re headed to the West Coast! CES is hosting two separate events in Silicon Valley (February 6-7) that will bring together a variety of meaningful stakeholders and deepen our ties to this longstanding entrepreneurial hotpot. On February 6th, we’re hosting a UNC startup alumni event at MacArthur Park Restaurant in Palo Alto that will feature several UNC entrepreneurs and provide UNC alums the opportunity to network with fellow Tarheel innovators. Matt Williamson (MBA ’05) of Windsor Circle and Bill Bobbitt (UNC ’11) and Shruti Shah (UNC ’11) of Move Loot will also be pitching their respective ventures at the event. If you live in the Bay area and would like to attend this event, please RSVP here or email Carrie Harbinson Read More

Entrepreneurship rebels with a cause- Raising $13K in 4 days

December 6, 2013 By Brittany Hobson class_banner

The undergraduate students in Jim Kitchen’s Fall 2013 Intro to Entrepreneurship course (BUSI 500) at UNC Kenan-Flagler may not remember everything about their assignments and lectures, but they will remember what they were able to accomplish together. In just four days, the class raised almost $13,000 and worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant a very special girl named Riley a trip to Disney World with her family. How did they raise this kind of money, you might ask? Students teamed up with a classmate they didn’t know and were asked to come up with an idea. Each team was given only $40 in seed capital and over the next four days had to figure out how to make their Read More

Triangle Startup Weekend

December 2, 2013 By Tyler Daniel Tyler Daniel (UNC ‘14)

Triangle Startup Weekend is an opportunity for people to come together and take part in entrepreneurship rather than just talk about it.  This weekend-long event is geared towards providing participants with the resources they need to create an entirely new company from scratch. This year, the event was held November 15-17 on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. While many students participated, those who already graduated and are currently in the work force also collaborated. The combined skill sets of everyone participating allowed the teams to handle a variety of tasks. For the students who attended, this was an extremely valuable opportunity for them.  The majority of students who study entrepreneurship do so through a textbook instead of real world experience.  At Triangle Read More

3rd Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party a Success

November 26, 2013 By Brittany Hobson letschipin

Last Thursday, a bustling crowd of over 200 students, entrepreneurs and industry professionals descended upon TopO’s Great Room for the 3rd Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party. The Pitch Party has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most successful and fun startup events on UNC’s campus each year. Essentially, the Pitch Party gives UNC students the opportunity to pitch their early-stage ideas in an unconventional, chaotic, and supportive environment full of potential mentors and investors. This year, we took things up a notch and embraced a World’s Fair theme, with stages named after famous World’s Fair locations (New York, Paris, Chicago), vintage posters and pennant flags, and top hats reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century exposition of ideas. Since many famous technological advancements were historically unveiled at World Fair events, Read More

UNC’s Global Entrepreneurship Week ranks as one of top partners in the country

October 30, 2013 By Brittany Hobson GEW

UNC-Chapel Hill is set to host its second annual Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, occurring Nov. 18-22, 2013. www.gewunc.com Events will be held at the University and in downtown Chapel Hill, and include keynote speakers and panelists from the founders of soleRebels, BioMason, Sungevity, Beat Making Lab, Sqord among others, a testament to how entrepreneurship and innovation can change the world in health, energy, the arts, fashion, biotech, technology, food, water and sanitation, clean air, tobacco control, and other sectors. Bringing a global leader to North Carolina, one of the speakers will be traveling all the way from Ethiopia and has been named the 4th woman entrepreneur of the last century by CNN, one of the most creative people in Read More