The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship has hit the ground running with great success this semester! From stories of students learning by doing this past summer to announcements of new grants and competitions, we have quite a bit to share with you.
On August 29th, new and returning students mingled with faculty and staff at the ICE Open House while the
Entrepreneurial Summer Fellows
shared their experiences working in entrepreneurial internships or their own ventures. We are very excited to announce our Fellows who will also
present at the upcoming
Undergraduate Research Day
We anxiously await the ideas students will develop this year through the many competition opportunities we are offering!
The most notable competition addition is that of the
Replacing the Venture Seed Grant process, the Deacon Springboard is the new way for students to apply for venture funding and advising!
In addition to highlighting summer student experiences and upcoming competitions, we also shed light on what
This semester is off to a strong start and we can't wait to see what our entrepreneurs will achieve these next couple of months!
John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director
Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Practice, Business and Entrepreneurship
NEW This Fall: The Deacon Springboard
The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship is launching a new program aimed at supporting students who have innovative ideas and wish to gain hands-on experience starting a new venture. This new process replaces the former New Venture Seed Grant process.
Deacon Springboard is a non-academic, six-month program that provides accepted students with coaching and guidance to help move their venture ideas forward. Students who are accepted will automatically receive $200 in seed funds, be matched with a dynamic venture adviser, have access to additional venture assistance funds, gain free entry to the Flywheel Start-up Factory and be awarded automatic entry to a new competition to be held at WFU in February.
To learn more about Deacon Springboard, please click here.
Entrepreneurial Summer Fellows Bring Their Experiences Back to Campus
The Entrepreneurial Summer Fellows program, sponsored by the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, offers students the opportunity to spend their summer developing their own entrepreneurial venture or gaining first hand experience with a startup organization. The sixteen students selected this year each had unique summer experiences, but across the board, they all agree--they had the summer of a lifetime and were able to exercise what they've been learning in the classroom, as evidenced by their final presentations given at Wake Forest on August 29th. What did they do this summer? Find out
Entrepreneurial Summer Fellows Present at Undergraduate Research Day
Friday, October 7, 2016
ZSR Library Auditorium
Four of our summer interns will be presenting a poster highlighting their summer internship experiences at Undergraduate Research Day, or URECA, this October.
Arthur Willson ('19) and Hannah Shows ('19) will present the research they have done on their innovative product, EZ Cork, a wine opening solution that eliminates the need for a corkscrew.
enior Economics major
Lauren Miller ('17)
will present findings on kombucha, a fermented tea packed with beneficial probiotics, enzymes and acids, that has become increasingly popular in the health industry.
Junior Timothy Han ('18) will present a poster on his research over the summer with the Adapa Project, an online general chemistry textbook that aims to reinforce various difficult concepts from prerequisite science courses in a way that is beneficial to both the student and the professor.
In the spring of 2013, three Wake Forest juniors were presented with an in-class challenge: launch a venture on campus over a three-day period and present the results. Ben Johnson, Jack Zimmermann and Jesse Konig ('14) took that project and turned it into successful DC based food truck,
The Swizzler boys have been selling gourmet hot dogs out of their food truck since their graduation and are now growing and taking the next step: a brick and mortar restaurant location. They are partnering up with EquityEats to launch a campaign to make this dream a reality. Support them by clicking
, a smallbatch kombucha microbrewery founded by Lauren Miller ('17) and Olivia Wolff ('16), continues to take Winston-Salem by storm.
Now as a part of a commercial kitchen and being sold on tap at Twin City Hive,
La Vie en Rose food truck, Krankies and other local hot spots and farmer's markets, it is time for UpDog Kombucha to expand. The girls are now pursuing producing Kombucha in kegs in addition to the traditional bottles and are looking to expand to other college towns, Elon being the first on the list. Keep up with their growth here.
Triad Discovery Forum
November 16, 2016
Are you a young (18-30) social entrepreneur with an idea that could make a difference in the Triad?
Pitch your idea at the Triad Discovery Forum!
Top teams will be invited to Raleigh for a chance to win $10,000.
Recent Opportunities for Engagement
ICE Open House on August 29th, we met over 20 new students interested in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. We can't wait to see what ideas they bring!
The E-Society was well represented on September 6th at the Student Activities Fair. Congratulations to Tommy Vater ('17), current president of the E-Society, for a successful event where he met and spoke with over 80 students interested in our program.
Marketing and Communications Intern:
Taylor Borden ('17)