Entrepreneurs-in-Action Event Series

A special series brought to you by the Innovate Carolina campus network. Free and open to Carolina students and the entrepreneurial community.

Lunch-and-Learn Series: Startup Roles

Learning and Development Outcomes mapped to Carolina Excellence: Communication, Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Development. Connect What’s it like to work at a startup company? Find out by hearing from the people who actually do. This interactive lunch series gives you a chance to learn about the different professional roles at startups –what their days are like, what they’re responsible for and who they collaborate with. Through casual conversation and Q&A, you’ll get direct insights from experienced pros about living the startup life and building companies. Hear the lessons they’ve learned and the skills they recommend you begin to hone now to help you in the future.

Lunch with Startup Founders
Sept. 13 | 12:30 p.m.

Rich Brancaccio, CEO @ Revibe Technologies

Neal McTighe, Founder @ Nellino’s Sauce Co.

Ursula Mead, Founder and CEO @ InHerSight

Lunch with Chief Operating Officers – October
Oct. 8 | 1 p.m.

Alex Piasecki, COO @ Seal the Seasons

Gwen Campbell, Director of Product and Data @ Revibe Technologies

Chris Bingham, Founding Partner @ Sherpa Collaborative

Jonathan Hornaday, Managing Partner @ Tethis

Lunch with Marketing and Sales Directors
Nov. 6 | 12:30 p.m.

Shannon Rentner, Director of Marketing @ Smashing Boxes

Sumit Vohra, CEO @ Lonerider

Carly Hemminger, Co-Founder @ GoKart Kids

Stacy Shannon, Founder @ GoKart Kids

Wendy Phillips, Vice President of Sales @ Certain, Inc

Workshop Series

Looking for a little extra entrepreneurial know-how? What about a dose of inventive thinking that can set your ideas in motion? Our series of 1789 workshops combine practical skill building, professional self-discovery and inspiration to help you succeed on your next entrepreneurial project this semester – or a not-yet-imagined venture down the line. 

Week of Welcome Open House | August 21| 10:30-12:00 pm

Come and learn more about a free student co-working space at UNC Chapel Hill. Located on Franklin St (above Ye Olde Waffle Shop), 1789  offers co-working space where innovative students, entrepreneurs, teams, faculty members, mentors, and clubs all come together.  We welcome students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in innovation or entrepreneurship in any way, shape or form.  Stop by the Open House to walk around the space, meet a member, learn how to join and grab some brunch. We will also give you information on other I & E resources across campus. 

“Where Do I Fit?” Workshop | September 25 | 5:30-7:00 pm

Explore how your personality type clicks with some and not with others so you can build or join a successful team! In this workshop, you will complete a personality assessment to learn more about yourself. Activities and discussion will help you discover how your interests and skills match with various roles within the startup world. Whether you want to build your own company or get hired at a startup someday, this workshop is sure to help you learn where you fit best. Please come prepared to move your body. Please also bring a laptop or smart phones in order to complete the assessment.

Lunch with Venture for America | Sept 26th| 12:30 @ Blue Makerspace (Carmichael Hall)

Meet a Venture for America Representative and learn how to pitch yourself to startups. Winston will share advice on how to network and find opportunities that align with your skill set. Of course, he will also answer all of your questions about Venture for America. Hear the stories of successful UNC alum that went through the program and learn how you can apply for the two year fellowship program. 

Designing for Change: Women in Entrepreneurship | Oct 24 | 5:30 pm

A collaboration between Innovate Carolina and the Eship Center, this event is hosted during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.  The workshop will be in divided into two parts: a panel discussion to highlight specific challenges women in entrepreneurship face and a design thinking activity engaging students to create possible solutions to these challenges. The Women’s Innovation Council will assist with marketing, logistics and facilitating the design thinking activity.  Marketing strategies will include a focus on UNC CH Carolina Women’s Center, Women in Computer Science student club, Female Quotient student club, Carolina Women in Business student club, and other female focused groups on campus. Panelists are listed below.

Pet a Puppy
Date/Time TBD (Finals Week)

Because…why not? It’s finals week. Take a break from the books and swing by 1789 to de-stress with a furry friend.

Find these events and information regarding them in the calendar. This calendar includes all events at 1789.  If you are looking for a complete list of I&E activities, please check out Innovate Carolina’s listing

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