By Allison Pennington, Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship provides many leadership opportunities for students who want to give back to the program and their community. Our student leaders are driven, passionate, and contribute to the entrepreneurial culture of Wake Forest. Read on to meet some of the 2015-2016 Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship student leaders.
Keshav Daga, Orton Scholar and 2015-16 University Innovation Fellow
The Orton Merit Fund for Entrepreneurship awards a scholarship each year to a rising junior who has distinguished himself/herself as a leader in promoting entrepreneurship interest and involvement. Keshav Daga, a Finance major and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor from Cranbury, New Jersey, is the first Orton Scholar recipient. Daga initially became involved with the ICE program by attending E-Society meetings his freshmen year, where he was able to meet others who shared similar interests in entrepreneurship and innovation. During his sophomore year, Daga and his roommate founded Deacon Clean, a student-run cleaning service for students who don’t receive regular custodial services. “My experiences with the ICE program have taught me the importance of not only learning about entrepreneurship through an academic setting, but also learning through an extracurricular context,” explained Daga. “The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship has been a great resource in helping me pursue my interests in entrepreneurship and innovation.” Daga is also the University Innovation Fellow and in that role will be exploring ways to inspire more innovation and entrepreneurship activities on campus.
Austin Evers, Executive Director of TEDxWakeForestU2016
Austin Evers, a senior BEM major and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor from Atlanta, Georgia, is the 2015-2016 Executive Director of TEDxWakeForestU, an entirely student-run conference featuring speakers from a variety of fields. Evers first became involved with TEDx when he served on the student board last year, supporting marketing and engagement efforts for the conference. “Through TEDx, I have learned what it means to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members in meaningful dialogue and to encourage them to think beyond the walls of our campus and city limits,” explained Evers. “I love working with such a talented, diverse group of students who share a passion for shaping the culture, climate, and conversations of Wake Forest and beyond.” This year’s TEDxWakeForestU will be held on February 20, 2016. Please make plans to come out and support the TEDx team during the fifth annual TEDxWakeForestU!
Kelly Guin, Executive Director, Do Something Challenge
Kelly Guin, an Entrepreneurship and Creative Design major from Fairfax, Virginia, was one of the winners of last year’s inaugural Do Something Challenge. During the challenge, Guin proposed the creation of a website to combat the issue of negative stigma surrounding mental illness (especially depression) on college campuses. She is currently working to create the website, which is comprised of community-based positive post sharing, mentorship and support, and access to resources. “Through this experience, I have learned how to see a project through to completion, as well as how to work with the campus community in order to develop my idea into a reality,” Guin explained. This year, Guin is leading a team to organize the 2nd Annual Do Something Challenge, which will culminate with a main event on November 19th, 2015 in Wait Chapel. “I love the possibility of turning the Do Something Challenge into a new tradition here at Wake,” explained Guin. “I have assembled an incredibly passionate and talented team and am excited to see what we can work together to create!”
Adrienne Henderson, Riley Scholar
The Richard and Carolyn Riley Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who shows outstanding potential in entrepreneurship. This year’s recipient, Adrienne Henderson, is a Communication major and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor from Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Henderson took her first Entrepreneurship class while abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and signed up for three more when she returned to Wake Forest. During her first semester of Entrepreneurship classes at Wake Forest, Henderson developed an idea for a non-profit venture called the Social Petwork. The Social Petwork aims to decrease rates of animal euthanasia in the United States and increase the number of adoptions from and donations to animal shelters across the country. Henderson explained that the support she received from ICE faculty and student leaders was incredible: “The ICE Program is one of the best assets Wake Forest University has. I truly feel as though this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a community that fosters such creativity.”
Hayden Lineberger, Farr Scholar
The Lelia and David Farr Scholarship is awarded every four years to a student who shows outstanding potential in entrepreneurship. Hayden Lineberger, a current sophomore from Winston-Salem, NC, was awarded the Farr Scholarship last year. Lineberger, who has been interested in entrepreneurship since a young age, knew he wanted to attend Wake Forest and minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise after visiting an ESE class during his junior year of high school. “Through visiting an ESE class, I learned that Wake was a place where my desire to use creativity in a business environment would be encouraged and fostered,” he explained. “That classroom experience solidified my decision to attend Wake Forest.” During his junior year of high school, Lineberger created a social media business that offered marketing and promotion services to apparel manufacturers and retailers, a venture that filled a void in the marketplace at the time. Last summer, he created two new ventures for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina as part of an internship through the ESE department.
Congratulations to these students!