Student entrepreneurs develop pitch-perfect ventures

William Sweet knows how to stop people fast in their tracks. It’s a skill that UNC-Chapel Hill football fans have witnessed the sophomore offensive tackle display on the field. But when visitors filed into Kenan Stadium’s Blue Zone one November night, they saw him do it a whole new way. For the evening, Sweet traded his regular block, grab and tackle moves for different maneuvers: eye contact, a warm smile, a firm handshake and a compelling business pitch.

Those were the skills that Sweet and more than 200 Carolina students representing 75 entrepreneurial teams put into practice to stop and grab the attention of judges circulating the room during the 4th Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party. The event celebrates entrepreneurship at UNC and gives students a chance to network and pitch their venture ideas to a host of pros in the entrepreneurship community.

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