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Panel: Young Entrepreneurs Paving their Own Path

November 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Come hear the lessons these young alumni entrepreneurs have learned along the way, the realities of running their own ventures, the ups and downs, and what makes it all worth it. A panel discussion with Q&A, and dinner buffet!


  • Ryan Bregier is a serial entrepreneur who started his first startup at the age of 16. He started 3 companies as an undergraduate at UNC, including one while studying abroad in Beijing, while completing a venture capital internship. Since graduating, Ryan and his long-time friend and business partner Jason have focused their efforts on solving the notorious “events problem.” They have worked 100 hour weeks for the past few years on solving this problem, which included 3 incorporated businesses and over 12 full concept pivots for the development of the mobile app. Hypestarter, also based out of Launch Chapel Hill, an accelerator located in downtown Chapel Hill, is currently undergoing a seed funding round subscribed to by local angel investors.
  • Erin Burns is an entrepreneur who is passionate about bringing true reform to education. Inspired by her time teaching in high school after graduating from UNC, during which she identified a need to support students outside of the classroom and help them plan their life beyond high school, she founded SideKicks Mentoring, a non-profit organization that pairs young professionals with high school students to complete monthly service and social activities.
  • Oakkar Oakkar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Keona Health, a startup that offers patient triage and communication platform connecting patients, healthcare providers and call centers in the most integrated and personalized way possible. He co-founded Keona Health while he was still a graduate student at UNC pursuing a Masters in clinical informatics.
  • Erin Bergstrom is passionate about building a local living economy in the Triangle area through small business development. The aim of a local living economy is to develop human-scale enterprises that are locally owned by people who have a stake in the many impacts associated with the enterprises and who can attain secure and fulfilling livelihoods.To this end, she has co-founded a thrift store in Raleigh through Passage Home to provide employment opportunities to people transitioning out of incarceration and homelessness, to spur economic development, and to facilitate the reuse of goods. She also co-founded Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm that incubates young urban farmers and builds a vibrant community around food.

Free dinner buffet is provided! Be sure to sign up to ensure a seat! Information and Sign Up here!

1789 Venture Lab


November 21, 2014
7:00 pm