We hope that you are inspired by these stories highlighting some of the exciting projects that our students, faculty, and alums are currently pursuing.

Polly Black
John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director 
Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship 
Professor of Practice, Business and Entrepreneurship 
TEDxWakeForestU 2016 - Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined

On February 20, 2016, Wake Forest University hosted its fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU event. The theme of this year's conference, Haven: Fearlessness Reimagined, captured speakers' unique perspectives on what it means to find security and solace. Over 1,300 students, faculty and community members gathered in Wait Chapel to hear eight speakers talk about security as it related to each of their fields of expertise. Read highlights from the eight inspirational talks here
Religion, Poverty, and Social Entrepreneurship - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Prisoner Re-Entry 
I believe that everyone is an entrepreneur -- it's just not often made conscious or encouraged in the classroom. My goal is to release the inner entrepreneur within each of my students through this class," explained Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus, a professor of Religion and American Ethnic Studies. Click here to read more about Wiethaus' class, "Religion, Poverty, and Social Entrepreneurship." 
Fulton & Roark: MBA Grads Offer High Quality Men's Grooming Products Born out of Winston-Salem
In early 2013, Allen Shafer and Kevin Keller, friends and colleagues in Wake Forest's MBA program, became fascinated by the fast-growing world of men's grooming. It wasn't long before Fulton & Roark, an upscale men's grooming brand, was born right here in Winston-Salem. Fulton & Roark is currently sold in 200+ stores throughout the US and plans to continue expanding into other locations. Read more about Fulton & Roark's success here
Discovering the World of Apps
On February 24, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Greg Pool shared his experiences in the "world of apps" with students interested in building their own mobile application. Arthur Willson ('19) who attended the workshop explained: "Greg Pool takes the intimidating life cycle of a mobile application and breaks it down in such a way that any student can leave his workshop feeling empowered to be able to go out and take their stake of the multi-billion dollar app world." Read more here.
Spring 2016 New Venture Seed Grant Winners Announced
Eight venture proposals were selected to receive funding to help students with marketing and product development. All individuals were required to go through an application process, as well as present their plans and proposals to a grant committee of faculty and administrators. Read more about the selected projects here. Congratulations to these seed grant recipients! 
March 2016   
In This Issue
Quotes from TEDxWakeForestU

"The Internet forgets nothing. No one is looking out for you. You decide what you want to put in the public domain ." 
-Mark Hurd, CEO 
of Oracle Corporation

"We have choices to make as a society. We are at a tipping point. We can build bridges, or we can build fences, prisons and walls." -Ignacio Packer, Secretary General of the Terres Des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF)

"The list of tragedies that could be avoided is endless. We just need to know the signs, act on them, and prevent the next domino from falling." -Nicole Hockley, founder and managing director of the Sandy Hook Promise

Photo Credit: Adrian Martino
Ricky Van Veen --
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Broyhill Auditorium, Farrell Hall

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Ricky Van Veen, a Wake Forest graduate, is the keynote speaker for this year's ICE Awards Celebration. Van Veen is the  co-founder of CollegeHumor and a principal owner of Connected Ventures, a company that includes Vimeo and BustedTees. We hope that you will save the date and make plans to attend this exciting event.
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