This fall is packed with events and speakers aimed at supporting and educating students. 

We have launched two programs that promote innovative thinking and entrepreneurial action.  You can read more about the Deacon Springboard below.  Stay tuned for next month's newsletter featuring the newly launched Start Up Lab that is supplemented by a three hour class starting in January!

We have several events coming up: one this week on Thursday, November 10, will feature a panel discussion on "Concept to Company: Building and Financing a Successful Entrepreneurial Venture." Speakers include a successful CEO of a Raleigh based company, financial and strategic venture investors, and an attorney specializing in investment deals, who all participated in recently announced $8 million financing.  It's not too late to  RSVP for this! 

Next week on November 16, we are hosting the Triad Discovery Forum in the Kulynych Auditorium of the Bryum Welcome Center.  The GOAL of the Triad Discovery Forum is to inspire, support and connect young professionals who share a strong interest in impacting the community through social entrepreneurship. 10 teams from the triad will have a chance to pitch their idea.  Apply to pitch your idea here.

Polly Black
John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director
Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Practice, Business and Entrepreneurship
Making Connections and Moving Ideas Forward   

The Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship launched a new program in September aimed at supporting students who have innovative ideas. This new process, Deacon Springboard, is a  non-academic, six-month program that provides ten accepted student teams with coaching and guidance to help move their venture ideas forward.
The inaugural Deacon Springboard is well underway! 
Ten student teams have been selected and matched with  venture advisers from the ICE Advisory Council through a match-making session held on October 6 that started with student pitches, moved on to networking, and came to a close with a talk given by Howard Love (P '18) about his recently published book, The Start-up J Curve.  Read more about Howard Love's talk below. 

To read more on the process of the Deacon Springboard, click here.
Howard Love Visits WFU and Shares His Research on The Start-up J Curve  
On October 6, entrepreneur and angel investor Howard Love (P '18) spoke words of encouragement to all of the Deacon Springboard teams.  Love has founded or co-founded over 15 startups and has invested in another 50 in the past 30 years. He covers what he recognizes as the pattern to entrepreneurial success in his book,  The Start-up J Curve. 
Read more about Mr. Love's visit by clicking here.
ChrisMumfordPromoting Design Thinking Across  Disciplines
At a colloquium on Monday, October 17, Chris Mumford, entrepreneurship professor at both WFU and UNC- Chapel Hill, spoke to the faculty and students in the Department of Computer Science about the hot topic of design thinking. 

His presentation included a breakdown of his innovation process, design thinking and how improvisational exercises improve your life. Read more about his seminar by clicking here.
This Year's ICE Scholarship Recipients
The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship provides many leadership opportunities and scholarships for outstanding students who contribute to the entrepreneurial culture at Wake Forest. We are proud to announce this year's scholarship recipients:

Keshav Daga,  the  Orton Fund Scholarship Recipient
Hayden Lineberger,  the  Orton Fund Scholarship Recipient and Farr Scholar
George Papakonstantinou,    the Richard and Carolyn Riley Scholarship Recipient

Click here to read more about these outstanding students.
ICE Alums: Realizing Success in the World 

Alex Smereczniak ('14) always saw the value in Wake Wash: he thought "your time is worth more than doing your laundry yourself," so he founded 2ULaundry, a subscription based laundry service in Charlotte, NC last December. 
The company is growing steadily and just completed a successful round of seed financing guaranteeing their next 14 months. To read more about the 2ULaundry story and its Wake Forest roots, click here.
Hedera, a musical group fronted by Christopher Federici ('16), just released their first full length, professionally recorded studio album thanks to funds acquired through ICE. 

Their debut jazz-rock fusion album, "Helix," was released on October 22 and can now be found on all major services like iTunes and Spotify. To read more about the group and the creation of the album, click here.
November 2016
In This Issue

Concept to Company: Building and Financing a Successful Entrepreneurial Venture  

November 10, 2016
Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall
5:30 pm - Panel Discussion
6:30 pm - Reception

Hear from a successful entrepreneur and investors on how to take your idea from Concept to Company.
Triad Discovery Forum

November 16, 2016
5:30-8:00 pm
Kulynych Auditorium
Byrum Welcome Center

Are you a young (18-30) social entrepreneur with an idea that could make a difference in the Triad?

Apply to pitch your idea at the Triad Discovery Forum!
Top teams will be invited to Raleigh for a chance to win $10,000.

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Newsletter Editor-in-Chief:
Elisa Burton

Assistant Editor:
Ashley Parrish

Marketing and Communications Intern:
Taylor Borden ('17)
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