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The Fall 2015 semester is quickly coming to a close and we are excited to share with you the stories of our inspirational speakers, innovative faculty, entrepreneurial alums and student-led initiatives here at Wake Forest University's Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. 

We hope you enjoy reading the stories featured in this newsletter and wish you Happy Holidays.

Polly Black
John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director 
Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship 
Professor of Practice, Business and Entrepreneurship 
ICE Challenges Students to Become Change Makers during Global Entrepreneurship Week
Through the 2nd Annual Do Something Challenge, students were encouraged to consider how they can use entrepreneurship to make the world a better place. Lindsey Carpenter, the first place winner of this year's Do Something Challenge, received a stipend to fund her idea, Thrive to Strive, a weekend-long career planning workshop for high school students. Read more here

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Lani Lazzari, the CEO of Simple Sugars and 2013 Shark Tank winner, was the keynote speaker at the Do Something Challenge main event. Lazzari encouraged student entrepreneurs to follow their dreams: "Dream it and then live it," she explained. "Every day." Learn more.

The Do Something Challenge was part of our celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a global  initiative launched in 2008 by the  Kauffman  Foundation to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination, and creativity in becoming the next generation of entrepreneurs.
ICE Faculty Equip Students to Become Critical Thinkers and Value Creators
"At Wake Forest, we champion the liberal arts background as the foundation to being a catalyst for change," explained 
Evelyn Williams, Associate Vice President of Leadership Development and lead professor for the Innovation Leadership through Communication "Catalyst Scholars" course.  Read more  here .
 "Wake Forest has a tremendous amount of potential in entrepreneurship, and I'm looking forward to being a part of the team taking it to new heights," said  Dan Cohen, professor of business and entrepreneurship. Cohen came to us from Cornell University where he was a professor and founder of Cornell's start-up accelerator program. Read more here.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail," explained Greg Pool, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, during an App 101 workshop for students interested in launching their own mobile app or learning more about the life cycle of the app. Learn more information about the workshop here.
ICE Partners with WFU to Inspire Entrepreneurial Leadership
Saras Sarasvathy, Don Boudreaux, and Michael Strong, panelists for a lecture entitled "Millennials and the Culture of Entrepreneurship," each offered their thoughts on the tools necessary for millennials to succeed as entrepreneurs in today's 21st century world. Read more about the event  here.

Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford visited Wake Forest as part of the Leadership Project, an initiative designed to celebrate the ways that leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest. Reckford, an advocate of social entrepreneurship, encouraged students to "follow their calling." Read more  here
Finding a Niche -- Student Entrepreneurs Develop Loopey Laces, LLC

Tommy Worcester ('17) and Tim Collis ('17) have recently launched Loopey Laces, a custom shoelace business that specializes in shoelaces for Greek organizations. "We don't know exactly what the future might bring and that's what makes this opportunity so exciting!" explained Worcester. Learn more here.
December 2015    
In This Issue
Save the Date for TEDxWakeForestU 2016 -- February 20, 2016

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ESE Alumni Spotlight: 
Where are they now? 
First Annual TEDx Director

Lucy Lan ('12)
Chemistry and French majors, ESE minor

During her time at Wake Forest, Lan was the Executive Director of the first annual TEDxWakeForestU in 2012. Today, Lan is a third year medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Lan's legacy lives on through TEDxWakeForestU, which is now in its fifth year. Save the date for this year's event -- February 20, 2016.
Wake Wash Founders
Julie Musgrave ('10)
Finance major, ESE minor

Eleanor Smith ('10)
Economics and Art History majors

It all started with a class assignment, $40, and a great idea. Musgave and Smith, two of the original co-founders of Wake Wash, shared advice for students just beginning their own entrepreneurial journeys. Read more about their insight here .
Thanks to these entrepreneurial alums and all others who stopped by during Homecoming 2015!
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