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Tommy Baker Entrepreneur Hour - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 

Tommy Baker Hour

The Center for Entrepreneurship hosted  the 3rd Annual Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour where successful entrepreneurs speak to the entrepreneurial mindset. This event is one of the annual highlights of the entrepreneurial calendar. It  was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Auditorium and drew a packed standing room audience of 150 attendees. Tommy Baker served as the Moderator who drew witty and informative entrepreneurial lessons from the following panelists:

Molly Fienning, Co-Founder of Babiators
David "Buddy" Morgan, President & CEO of Litton Entertainment
Jerry Nairne, Founder of Chesterfield Holdings and  Crooked River BBQ and Beer
Steve Swanson ‘89, Founder of Automated Trading Desk

The event also featured a one-minute pitch contest by the finalists for our Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The finalists selected to present 1-minute pitches were:

Carlie Christenson, Founder of Boob-eez
Zachary Cohen, Founder of  Kennedy Clothing
Austin Fitzhenry, Founder of Coastal Chamber Musicians
Tori McCraw, Founder of 3 Little Beads
Charlotte Niemann, Founder of Food In The Air, LLC
Justin Sabree, Founder of Charleston Party Pros

The winner of the award and a prize of $1,000 was Carlie Christenson, Boob-eez.

The Inaugural Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit is a Success!

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

More than 475 College of Charleston students, faculty and staff members, community members, professionals and industry experts filed into the Sottile Theatre on March 18th to attend the inaugural Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit. The event was organized in an effort to inspire entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the potential for innovation and economic expansion for women and by women. 

The Summit featured five dynamic female entrepreneur speakers who spoke about their inspiring journeys and common struggles they see face present and future female entrepreneurs. The Summit also featured key figures from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Current key statistics regarding the state of women buisness owners shows that while progress has been made, we still have a way to go. 

The Summit's leader sponsor, Think Ideally, successfully launched their first female led Innovator GamesTM. Grace Neil, a senior at the College of Charleston, was awarded first prize of $1,000 and additional entrepreneurial services from Think Ideally. Sophmore Carlie Christenson was awarded with the Center's first Female Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which also included a prize of $1,000. 

For further details on and to listen to an audio recording of the Summit see here

Students Learn About Their Personal Brand

J GarrJennifer Garr spoke with students about branding and what makes a successful brand. Highlighting the elements of a brand, she emphazied brands' ability to create and sustain economic power lies in the 'why.'  

Garr is a Senior Vice President and Executive Director Strategy & Planning at Ogilvy & Mather. She has led communications initiatives for some of the biggest and most successful brands in the marketplace. She has worked with packaged goods marketers such as Heinz, Quaker, Nabisco, Glad, Seven-Up, Kraft and Philip Morris; technology, consumer electronics and durable goods organizations such as Siemens, Whirlpool, Fujifilm, Thomson/RCA and Sony; hospitality and tourism leaders such as Marriott International and the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau; retail industry gold-standard Publix Supermarkets; and financial service giant UBS. 

Check out more details on upcoming speakers here

2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week A Success 


Over 200 students and guests attended events during the College of Charleston's Global Entrepreneurship Week. Events included an all female panel sharing their stories as being startups in Charleston, SC. The panelists outlined their experiences from student to startup.

Other speakers included General Hank Taylor, Vice President of Global Business Development for the three-county Charleston Regional Development Alliance. General Taylor spoke to students about leadership and what leads to success in entrepreneurial ventures.

The week long event was rounded out with speaker Krissa Watry, co-founder, president and CEO of Dynepic, Inc., a company focused on offering a turn-key solution for toy manufacturers to develop smart toysEvents were hosted by Center for Entrepreneurship and co sponsored by the HTMT department.

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