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Congratulations to the 2018 Student Entrepreneur of the Year: Chad Ross!

The Center for Entrepreneurship recieved 26 applications for the 2018 Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Through a selective application process, seven were chosen to present their businesses at the Tommy Baker Entrepreneurship Hour in the Wells Fargo Auditorium on April 4, 2018. The winner Chad Ross received $1,000.

Chad is the founder and CEO of Chuck Waters apparel, a lifestyle brand geared towards positively impacting the world. A portion of the proceeds goes to a selected charity of the month. He created this business while undertaking a strict academic program. Additionally, Chad is working with a small group of students to create a tech startup, ImpactCents, as a part of their ImpactX (formerly known as ICAT) project.

Impact Day Presented by the College of Charleston School of Business and In Place Impact

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. | The Beatty Center at the College of Charleston and the Gaillard Center

aAccording to impact investment expert Stuart Williams — founder and chairman of In Place Impact — people who innovate solutions for humanity and the planet will have the greatest wealth accumulation over the next 50 years.

As a continuation of its ongoing commitment to sustainability literacy, the College of Charleston School of Business has partnered with In Place Impact to host the first-ever Impact Day. Part of a larger movement to help Charleston become a hub for businesses purposed to make a difference while making a profit, the day-long affair gave Charlestonians the opportunity to meet, discuss and learn from the world’s leading impact entrepreneurs who share Williams’ vision for the future.

The day consisted of events that enriched participants’ knowledge of impact investing and highlighted the role the College of Charleston School of Business is playing in creating the next wave of impact entrepreneurs.

In a keynote event, philanthropic leaders Darla Moore and Anita Zucker came together publicly for the first time to discuss impact investing during a fireside chat.

The event was a success! All proceeds benefitted the College of Charleston Foundation to support Impact focused studies including Impact Investing, Impact Entrepreneurship, Impact Management and Impact Measurement.   

D.E.M.O.S. Final Pitch Competition was a SUCCESS!

Congratulations to our first-place winner Megan Doherty, second-place winner Brogan Brown, and third-place winner Clara Peterson. 

To learn more about D.E.M.O.S., click here.

Dr. Cindi May: Advantages of Universal Design and D.E.M.O.S. 

On November 27, the entrepreneurship classes at the College of Charleston participated in a Universal Design workshop led by Dr. Cindi May. A professor of psychology at the College and an advocate of inclusive educational and social settings for people with and without disabilities, Dr. May discussed how combining disability and entrepreneurship can create models of success.

As part of the workshop she led, students were paired into groups and asked to come up with solutions for different challenges. The purpose of this activity was to prepare students for the D.E.M.O.S. (Disability and Entrepreneurship: Models of Success) Pitch Contest on December 4th at 2:00pm in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Brandon Brooks

A successful start to Global Entrepreneurship week, CofC alum Brandon Brooks spoke to a large group of students, professors, and visitors on November 13, 2017. He talked about his journey as both a musician and an entrepreneur, and how ICAT influenced his decision to start his company JYVE. Brooks inspired his audience to remain persistent, passionate, and to always believe in themselves and their ideas.

Congratulations to the 2017 Stuart M. Williams Impact Scholars!

Through an extensive application process, seven remarkable young undergrads were recently selected as Stuart M. Williams Impact Scholars. These students have strong desires to help change the world through Making A Profit While Making A Difference.

A huge congratulations is extended to Carlie Christenson, Mya Belden, Sofia Troya, Brandon Williams, Kionnie Epps, Catherine Hill, and Latosha Andrade. An additional thanks to Professor David Wyman, Professor Lancie Affonso, and MBA Candidate Kelly Muxworthy for the work they do to embed Impact Studies at the College of Charleston

The Second Annual Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit was a Success!

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

More than 150 College of Charleston students, faculty and staff members, community members, professionals and industry experts filed into the Wells Fargo Auditorium on October 25th to attend the  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 four dynamic female entrepreneurs  who spoke about their inspiring journeys and common struggles they see face present and future female entrepreneurs. The Summit also featured a pitch contest by four student entrepreneurs for a prize of $1,000.

Entrepreneurship Students Gain Food for Thought

On October 17th, a small group of College of Charleston professors, ENTR 445, and ELLC Honors students met with restaurant extraordinaire Michael Shemtov. Curator of Butcher & Bee, The Daily, The Workshop, and six other eateries, Shemtov discussed his journey after graduating from the Honors College at the College of Charleston. In addition, he gave the students advice about how to approach new business ventures and tackle big obstacles.

To read more about Michael, click here.

The Internet of Toys

On October 4th, Ms. Krissa Watry, co-founder and current CEO of Dynepic Incorporated, stopped by the Wells Fargo Auditorium at the College of Charleston’s School of Business to speak to an audience of students about her personal journey as an entrepreneur. She discussed her unique “commandments” for success in the business world, and gave students an idea of today’s markets.

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Check out some of our upcoming events that will take place during 2018!

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