Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winners 2017

All Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winners - Gala 2017

Every spring, the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship holds its annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Gala, co-hosted with the Entrepreneurship Society. The event celebrates the entrepreneurial achievements of students, faculty, and staff.  This year, the event was held on April 6, 2017, and the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award winner and speaker was Lindsay Chambers ('00), luxury home developer and award-winning interior designer. Chambers was most recently called one of "today's most talented designers" by USA Today. Her works have been featured in Architectural DigestHouse BeautifulBetter Homes & GardensUSA Today and the New York Times.

The following awards were given to students and faculty at the 12th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Gala:

The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Advising and Mentoring

Greg Pool

As a distinguished faculty member, Greg Pool has an ability to connect with students, coupled with an inspiring dedication to them. He has been a creative force behind the reshaping of ESE 200 and ESE 201 and absolutely integral to the launching of the new Startup Lab. He has been a strong advocate for the ICE Program, developing strong relationships with students, undoubtedly becoming a trusted mentor and advisor to many.


The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Student Award for Venture Creation

Lauren Miller and Olivia Wolff for UpDog Kombucha

UpDog Kombucha brews delicious, handcrafted kombucha, a specialty tea with naturally occurring probiotics, enzymes and acids that support digestive and immune health. Lauren Miller and Olivia Wolff started in a Wake Forest dorm room, selling 150 bottles of kombucha a week. A year later, they are distributing kegerators of hand-crafted kombucha to over 30 locations in the Piedmont Triad!


The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Student Award for Concept Development

Jake Teitelbaum for Resilience Project

The Resilience Project works with financially disadvantaged cancer patients to design and produce a pair of socks that allows each patient to bring their own personality to treatment. For each pair sold, Resilience donates half of net proceeds back to the patient to help them pay for expenses related to treatment.

The Lelia and David Farr Student Award for Ideas with Impact
Brooke Einbender, Alexandra Dow, and Hana Polizzotto for Higher Art Galleries

Higher Art Galleries is an online gallery platform that supports student artists as well as university art departments. It markets and sells student work in the form of original or reproduction pieces, delivering quality, student-made artwork at affordable prices.


The Chambers Family Fund Student Award for Technology Ideas with Impact

Jackson Griffin, Clancy Waugh, and Alec White for Puttr

Puttr is an interactive iOS app that provides folgers with interactive 3D greens with contoured grid lines and color indexed elevation data. These models are specially designed to aid golfers accurately read their putts to improve what is known as the most difficult part of the game.


The Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Senior Leadership Award

Thomas Vater

Tommy has been involved with ICE program since the beginning of his career at Wake Forest University. He started his own campus venture as a sophomore, Gym Peak, an iOS app that tells you how many people are at the campus gym so you can plan your visit accordingly. Now, he’s a senior finance major who has also served as the President of the E-Society, working to engage other students on campus, raise awareness of the ICE Program, and encouraging other students to find their entrepreneurial calling. He has been integral to the success of the inaugural Startup Lab, as well as the overall growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem here at Wake Forest!