1789 kicks off student entrepreneur event series

August 30, 2019
By Brock

This event series is free and open to Carolina students and the entrepreneurial community.

Want to learn about entrepreneurship and how to hone your skills for an innovation-oriented career path? Ever thought you might like to try working at a startup company, but not sure if you’re cut out for it? Or maybe you have a great idea, but wonder what it would take to launch a startup of your own? If these questions sound like things you’ve been asking yourself, then you might find that a new fall event series hosted by 1789 is the best ticket in town. 

1789, a student innovation community and co-working space run by Innovate Carolina is hosting a series of lunch-and-learn sessions, workshops and other events this fall to help Carolina students connect with other Tar Heel entrepreneurs — current students, alumni and those in the wider entrepreneurial community.  Located on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, 1789 is a convenient hop over from campus. You don’t have to be a current 1789 member to attend, although all students are welcome to apply to join the 1789 community at any time.

Sign up for these events — and plug in to the resources and expertise at 1789 that can help you discover and explore new entrepreneurial opportunities and career paths.

Special Event

Thursday, Sept. 12
12-2 p.m. Location: Polk Place Quad (in front of Bingham Hall)

Enjoy free ice cream and meet with a variety of student-led clubs and organizations focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Have an idea about how to solve a problem that you’re passionate about? These student clubs are great opportunities to meet other people who have similar interests and want to collaborate with you. This ice cream social is hosted by Innovate Carolina.

This ice cream social is open to all. No registration required.

Lunch-and-Learn Series: Startup Roles

What’s it like to work at a startup company? Find out by hearing from the people who actually do. 1789 is launching a series of interactive lunch events that give 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.

With executives from Revibe Technologies, Nellino's Sauce Co. and InHerSight

Friday, Sept. 13
12:30 p.m.
Location: 1789

Learn what it’s like to work at a startup by talking with these CEO’s and founders:

Rich Brancaccio, CEO of Revibe Technologies

Neal McTighe, Founder of Nellino’s Sauce Co.

Ursula Mead, Founder and CEO at InHerSight

With executives from Seal the Seasons, Revibe Technologies, Sherpa Collaborative and Tethis

Thursday, Oct. 8
1 p.m.
Location: 1789

Learn what it’s like to work at a startup by talking with these COO’s and operational leaders:

Alex Piasecki, Chief Operating Officer at Seal the Seasons

Gwen Campbell, Director of Product and Data at Revibe Technologies

Chris Bingham, Founding Partner at Sherpa Collaborative

Jonathan Hornaday, Chief Financial Officer at Tethis

With executives from Smashing Boxes, Lonerider Brewing Co., GoKart Kids and Certain, Inc.

Friday, Nov. 6
12:30 p.m.
Location: 1789

Learn what it’s like to work at a startup by talking with these sales and marketing executives:

Shannon Rentner, Director of Marketing at Smashing Boxes

Sumit Vohra, CEO at Lonerider Brewing Co.

Carly Hemminger, Co-Founder at GoKart Kids

Stacy Shannon, Founder at GoKart Kids

Wendy Phillips, Vice President of Sales at Certain, Inc.

Workshop Series

Participate in a variety of workshops designed to help you learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship, grow your skills and begin charting your own professional path.

Thursday, Sept. 25
5:30 p.m.
Location: 1789

Take a personality assessment and discover how your interests and skills match with 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. And bring a laptop or smart phone in order to complete the assessment.

Friday, Sept. 26
12:30 p.m.
Location: BLUE Innovation Community in Carmichael dorm

Venture For America has helped over 1,000 recent grads find jobs in startups across the country. Meet with a VFA representative and learn how to pitch yourself to startups, get advice on finding career opportunities and discover what Venture for America is all about.

Thursday, Oct. 24
5:30 p.m.
Location: 1789

Celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Week with a panel discussion on the challenges women entrepreneurs face and a design thinking activity that will help you explore solutions. Panelists will include:

Chelsea Eshraghi, Director at Carolina Angel Network

Ronit Freeman, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physical Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

Sopie Lopez, Founder at Kaleido

Niki Shamdasani, Co-Founder at Sani

Amy Linnane, Assistant Director at Launch Chapel Hill

Shannon Rentner, Director of Marketing at Smashing Boxes

Startup Meet and Greet

Thursday, Nov. 14
5 p.m.
Location: Launch Chapel Hill

Interested in being part of a startup? Or landing an internship? Come meet UNC alumni who are active in the entrepreneurial community.