Sneak Peek: Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC

If you’re looking for new ways to learn about and experience entrepreneurship, this November is the perfect time to get started. During the second week of the month, join other Carolina students, faculty and staff who will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week-long series of events and activities that give you many different ways to explore and engage in entrepreneurship. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the activities you can get involved in:

Monday, Nov. 12

Presenter: Jeff Terrell, Professor of the Practice, UNC Department of Computer Science

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: 1789

If you’re working to develop an entrepreneurial idea or venture, you have to keep the modern mode of life in mind: we’re online, on the go, all the time. That means that the ability to build a mobile or web app has become critical to supporting your entrepreneurial endeavors. Come hear Jeff Terrell, a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, entrepreneur and computer science professor of the practice, walk you through a beginner’s guide on how to build an app, including:

> The lifecycle of an app.

> Designing an app.

> The parts of an app.

> Choosing a technology to use.

> Finding and working with developers.

Presenter: Sheryl Waddell, Director of Innovate Carolina Global Network

6:00–7:30 p.m.

Location: 1789

Ideas that gain the most traction are rarely developed in isolation. Your ideas get stronger and pick up momentum when you have the chance to test your thinking, vet your product, get feedback and connect with other innovators and entrepreneurs. Join the Innovate Carolina team to learn about a new technology platform that you and other UNC students can use to connect virtually with your personalized network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors – and one another. Find out how this technology allows you to use social ideation to bring your idea to life.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Presenter: Sheryl Waddell, Director of Innovate Carolina Global Network

9:00–10:00 a.m.: Information Session
10:00 a.m.–Noon: Workshop

Location: 1789

During our technology sprint, you’ll be introduced to a new solution available to UNC students – the Carolina Innovation Platform. Find out how you can use this software to invite other innovators and entrepreneurs to join your personal network of ideators, mentors and experts. By connecting virtually with your network, you can test your concept, get direct feedback, vet your product and use the social ideation process to accelerate from idea to full-blown innovation. The first hour of our sprint is an information session that provides you with an overview of the new technology – what it is, how it works and what to expect. The second part of the sprint is a hands-on workshop that gives you the chance to test drive the technology for yourself. Give it a spin, get comfortable using it and get started making your idea a reality.

6:00–7:00 p.m., Workshop with Anne Jones, District C
7:00–8:00 p.m., Overview: Carolina Innovation Platform

Location: 1789

We all know how to ask questions, but few of us engage in the practice of asking powerful questions, questions that drive better team performance and deeper insights into our users’ needs and motivations. Join Anne Jones, co-founder of District C, for a workshop designed to help you do two things:

1. Build better teams that know how to use questioning to fully invest in their teammates and leverage the diverse perspectives of each person.  

2. Dig for gold — ask questions that reveal user needs and motivations which lead to ah-hahs, insights, and solutions users will love.

In this workshop, you will learn by doing, so come ready to practice asking powerful questions with people you may not know and get real-time coaching feedback from Anne!  This workshop draws from Google’s Project Aristotle, Amy Edmundson’s (Harvard Business School) research on psychological safety, and Anne’s experience coaching professionals and students on working in diverse teams to solve complex problems.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Presenter: Anum Imran, UNC Student; Director of Business Development, Traditional Kitchens

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1789

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a student and successful entrepreneur at the same time? Or maybe you’re currently a student who’s just started a venture and could benefit from hearing how another undergrad makes it all work.  Join this Q&A session with Anum Imran, a UNC undergraduate student and the director of business development at Traditional Kitchens, a refugee women-led cooperative cookery of the Refugee Community Partnership. Hear about Anum’s journey in creating Traditional Kitchens as a bridge that can help refugee women share their food and culture while gaining a sense of community connection and economic empowerment. She will share her story and advice as a successful student entrepreneur. In addition, as a member of the Innovate Carolina Student Leadership team, she’ll show you a new technology solution that you can use as a student to work through your own entrepreneurial idea.

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Location: Davis Library Research Hub


The GIS Day Celebration includes two sessions:

Student Map Competition
3:00-4:00 p.m.
The best three maps will be decided by a popular vote. Students who create the best three maps will also receive gift card prizes.

Humanitarian Mapathon
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Whether you are new to geography or a GIS expert, come contribute to the largest existing open source map of the world.

"See" Your Blind Spots: The Power of Observation in Teams

6:00–7:00 p.m.: Workshop with Anne Jones, District C
7:00–8:00 p.m.: Overview: Carolina Innovation Platform

Location: 1789

We observe the world around us every day, but few of us engage in the practice of powerful observation, observation that reveals more and shines a light on our blind spots. This kind of careful observation will help your team get to deeper insights and more valuable solutions. Join Anne Jones, co-founder of District C, for a workshop designed to help you do three things:

1. See what you don’t see by doing this work with people who are different from you.

2. Learn to look carefully and look again — observation takes discipline and patience.

3. Learn to stay down the “ladder of inference” and focus just on what you see.

In this workshop, you will learn by doing, so come ready to practice sharing “what you see” with people you may not know and get real-time coaching feedback from Anne!  This workshop draws from Chris Argyris’ Ladder of Inference, the artwork of José Clemente Orozco, as well as Anne’s experience coaching professionals and students on working in diverse teams to solve complex problems.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Presenter: Noel Sinozich, IDEA Fund Partners

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1789

You might have an incredible idea, but without a clear and compelling business pitch and a strategic approach to funding discussions, your venture is more likely to get stuck than get the traction it deserves. Join Noel Sinozich, an analyst with venture capital firm IDEA Fund Partners, as he discusses what venture capitalists see when watching or reading a pitch. Learn what to include (or not!) in a pitch deck, which parts of a funding conversation to pay the most attention to and the basics of VC math. As a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus who now works on deal screening, valuation and operations, Noel can provide you with firsthand insights on what you need to know to give your idea the best chance to move forward faster.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Launch Chapel Hill

Hosted by: Innovate Carolina, Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship, Honors Carolina Program, Career Services and Launch Chapel Hill

Are you interested in being part of a startup? Why not start with an internship? Whether you’re looking for something part-time this spring or a full-time opportunity this summer, come meet UNC alumni who are active in the entrepreneurial community. Join us at 5:30 for appetizers and tips from UNC Career Services. The meet and greet session begins at 6:00 p.m.

Or perhaps you lead a startup and want to hire an intern? Come meet some of the most talented UNC students who are also interested in startups and learning more about your world. This is a great chance to connect with students who can help your company by applying skills they’ve honed at UNC. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a drink and to hear tips for finding the best intern for your startup. The meet and greet session with students begins at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16

Presenter: Patrick Kastian, Research Analyst, Innovate Carolina

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Location: 1789

Discover the essential steps in the market research process that drive the development of new ideas, products and services. Patrick Kastian, research analyst with Innovate Carolina, will share how you can:

> Develop a research strategy.

> Select appropriate information sources.

> Collect, analyze and interpret research findings in the context of proven innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies.

> This session includes a presentation to teach you the fundamentals and a hands-on workshop to get you started.

Presenter: Kimi Yingling, Program Coordinator, Innovate Carolina

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Location: 1789

Ideas that gain the most traction are rarely developed in isolation. Your ideas get stronger and pick up momentum when you have the chance to test your thinking, vet your product, get feedback and connect with other innovators and entrepreneurs. Join the Innovate Carolina team to learn about a new technology that you and other UNC students can use to connect virtually with your personalized network of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors – and one another. Find out how this technology allows you to use social ideation to bring your idea to life.

Keep checking the Innovate Carolina event calendar for more activities during the week of Nov. 11-17.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018. Learn more.