Center for Entrepreneurship
Tommy Baker Entrepreneur Hour - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Join the Center for Entrepreneurship for the 3rd Annual Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour where successful entrepreneurs speak to the entrepreneurial mindset. The hour will showcase a panel consisting of a diverse group of entrepreneurs and will be moderated by Tommy Baker of Baker Motors. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13th in the Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty Center, Room 120) from 6:15pm - 7:30pm.
Also, the Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour will feature a pitch competition for student entrepreneurs. Each year the Center for Entrepreneurship highlights aspiring and successful student entrepreneurs at the College of Charleston. The Center will reward one student's efforts with the Student Entrepreneurship of the Year Award, a cash prize of $1,000. This year we have an amazing group of innovative student entrepreneurs. The winner will be announced during the event.
The Inaugural Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit is a Success!
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
Jennifer 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 toys. Events were hosted by Center for Entrepreneurship and co sponsored by the HTMT department.