The 2014 UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference attracted more than 400 attendees to the campus of NC A&T in Greensboro, including 26 undergraduate teams and 14 graduate student teams from across the UNC system.
“This competition brought together three things our students need to do very well—and our state needs them to do very well—to be successful,” said Leslie Boney, UNC Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement. “Students need to be really insightful about analyzing information and data. They have to be really good at imagining new ways of thinking and approaching problems. And then they need to be able to refine and adjust that thinking to make sure that the ideas can work in the ‘real world.’ A competition like this that asks them to work together to solve big community problems and to put those ideas into a business plan helps them develop skills that will help them in anything they do.”
Supported by one visual aid, student teams were allowed only five minutes to pitch their business plans to a panel of distinguished business leaders that included three members of the UNC Board of Governors. They were then given another two minutes to respond to questions from the judges. In quick succession, student business proposals tackled community challenges ranging from financial literacy to sustainable agriculture to supporting struggling military families. Only six undergraduate teams and four graduate teams made it through to the final round of the competition.
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