Basic Outfitters: From Shark Tank to Deac Tank

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

After getting married in 2014, Michael and Laura Dweck moved into a cozy New York apartment.

The only problem for the newlyweds?

There wasn’t nearly enough space to house all of Michel’s vast and old collection of socks and underwear. Laura wanted to rebuild a smaller collection of fresh, new basics for him, but found that one pair of underwear typically costs $28.

Wishing there was a simple process to just “buy a whole new drawer,” Basic Outfitters was born.

The Dwecks understood the white space in the market and built the company by selling quality basics at a reasonable price in modular packs, through a feature they call “Create-A-Drawer.”

Providing Tommy Hilfiger quality basics and Hanes prices is no easy feat—but their current success is already a testament to their idea and execution.

Basic Outfitters was just featured on the hit TV show, Shark Tank. .01% of interested business make it onto the show—which involves nine months of business boot camp, getting filmed, and then hopefully, getting aired.

.01% of interested businesses make it onto Shark Tank—which also involves 9 months of business bootcamp, getting filmed, and hopefully, get aired.

Their episode aired this January and has brought about an “incredible reaction,” even pushing the duo to begin working on a women’s version of Create-A-Drawer as well.

 
The Dwecks will be speaking at WFU’s very own Deac Tank on March 21 in Benson 401 at 6:00PM. They will share their journey, speak about their Shark Tank experience, and impart wisdom on our young entrepreneurs.

How to go from an Idea to a Company: Wake Forest’s New Startup Lab

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Every Wednesday, eight Wake Forest student teams with strong potential business ideas (Some who have even launched) meet together for over two hours in the Innovation Station for uninterrupted time to grow their businesses.

These cross-disciplinary teams of undergraduate students make up the first class of Wake Forest’s new Startup Lab, an entrepreneurial accelerator.

Dozens applied, and eight teams were admitted to the highly competitive and rigorous Startup Lab, which provides nascent student entrepreneurs with coaching, mentoring, seed funding, and most importantly, the opportunity to work towards launching a startup.

“To be accepted into Startup Lab, you need to have a good idea. In Startup Lab, we’re taking that good idea, and using principles of evidence based entrepreneurship, turning the idea into a concept, and then, possibly, a company,” Dan Cohen, one of professors spearheading this class, explains.

Cohen is an entrepreneurship and business professor in his second year at WFU. He started a similar accelerator program at Cornell, eLab, an acclaimed accelerator that Forbes cited as a major driver behind Cornell’s rapid ascent to a number four national ranking in entrepreneurship. Cohen is working in collaboration with WFU’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Greg Pool.

“This is the hardest class you will ever take,” Cohen unapologetically tells his students. It requires the willingness to learn, along with the diligence and unadulterated entrepreneurial spirit to succeed. In Startup Lab, what you do in the classroom is only a fraction of what is required—the progress made outside of the classroom is what separates those who make real startup progress.

Students have been working on customer discovery, value propositions, air-tight business model canvases, branding, press releases, and their social media presence. These are necessary steps for taking ideas and converting them into companies.

Here’s an inside look at the ideas the teams are working on:

Puttr is an interactive golf-aid designed to help golfers of all levels improve the most difficult part of the game: putting. The iOS app provides golfers with interactive 3D greens that have contoured grid lines and color indexed elevation data. These easily accessible and easy to use models help the golfer more accurately read their putts and shave critical strokes off their game.

EZ Cork is an integrated loop system in synthetic cork which allows a consumer to open a wine bottle without the use of external tools and for the original cork to be placed back into the bottle and reused. Its goal is to revolutionize the wine opening experience.

Presto is a semi-autonomous nail art service powered by advanced nail printers. With Presto, customers can customize the color, patter, or image to be printed on their fingernails. Its goal is to eliminate service and price discrepancy caused by human nail technicians.

Updog Kombucha is a local, small-batch kombucha microbrewery that produces an all-natural fermented tea. The kombucha is made using local and organic ingredients and is packed with naturally occurring probiotics, enzymes and acids that support digestive and immune health. Updog Kombucha is currently carried in 25 locations in North Carolina.

Niki’s Kitchen is a line of fresh, multi-use, refrigerated salad dressing inspired by family recipes passed down three generations. Their signature product, an Italian vinaigrette, has been validated locally at family restaurant locations for 15 years.

Buzz Band is a stylish band to be worn around the wrist of a parent and a child. The band is equipped with small GPS technology and vibration capabilities and allows parents to keep track of their children’s location via an app on their phone. The band also vibrates, allowing parents and children to reunite in the event of an emergency without the use of a phone.

Resilience Project works with financially disadvantaged cancer patients to design and produce a pair of socks; allowing 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.

Higher Art Gallery 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.

To read more about the Startup Lab, please click here.

TEDxWakeForestU 2017- The Power of Curiosity

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

 The sixth annual TEDx conference is approaching! TEDxWakeForestU is an independently organized event that’s mission is to “highlight exceptional people and creative works, connect people across disciplines, [and] create conversations that drive action.”

This year, students, faculty, and community members are invited to Wait Chapel on Saturday, February 18th, from 12:30PM to 4:30PM to engage with eight impressive speakers.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Power of Curiosity.” The speakers will give presentations on the importance of curiosity in their personal fields of expertise.

“Our team encourages you to come and be inspired about the curiosities of our world. It has often been said that curiosity creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, while at the same time laying a foundation for greater opportunities to experience discovery, joy, and delight,” said Hayden Lineberger ’18, the Executive Director of TEDxWakeForestU 2017.

“We have an exciting speaker lineup, covering a vast array of thought-provoking topics. We hope that by attending you will be inspired to explore what makes you curious, in effect allowing you to transform everyday tasks into interesting and enjoyable experiences.”

These exciting speakers include Story Musgrave, a career astronaut, Ever Lee Hairston, the President of the National Federation of the Blind, and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the music director of the Greensboro Symphony and violin virtuoso who will share his talents with us during his talk. For a full list of speakers, click here.

We applaud our student leaders who worked tirelessly to put on such a powerful event:

Hayden Lineberger ‘18, Executive Director

Emily Fitzgerald ’17, Assistant Director

Caroline Lewis ’17, Co-Director of Engagement

Arthur Willson ’17, Co-Director of Engagement

Julia Demorest ’19, Director of Talent Acquisition

Julie Gray ’19, Director of Operations and Logistics

Yossuf Albanawi ’17, Director of Hospitality

Garret Barnes ’19, Stage Manager

Johnny Thurber ’18, Director of Event Support/Volunteer Coordinator

Tommy Worcester ’17, Master of Ceremonies

To learn more about TEDxWakeForestU, please visit the website. To keep up with the event, follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Don’t forget to register for the event!

Building and Financing Successful Entrepreneurial Ventures

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, November 10, students and faculty gathered in the Magnolia room to hear from successful Raleigh based entrepreneur Scott Moody as he shared valuable lessons he’s learned in building companies, while investors Mark Rostick and Steve Lux, who have worked with Moody, shared their perspectives on the entrepreneur/investor relationship. The panel was moderated and organized by Dave Felman (‘79), who is a corporate attorney and shareholder in Moody’s business. Felman is also a member of the ICE Advisory Council.

Scott Moody is currently working on K4Connect, a mission based integrated technologies company geared towards empowering older adults and people living with disabilities. “Entrepreneurship is all about people taking a bet on a solution to a problem,” says Moody, which absolutely shines through in the mission and success of K4Connect.

This project has been in the works for several years, and investors Mark Rostick and Steve Lux expressed how excited they were to be a part of it. Both work for venture capital firms who are “looking for technology enabled companies to invest one to five million dollars in,” according to Lux.

c2cpanelWhen explaining the role of venture capital firms, Lux explained that entrepreneurs don’t jump directly to finding investors once a concept is developed: “You go to friends, family, and fools first to raise the capital.”

Once K4Connect reached the point of being exceedingly easy to use, it was ready for investors. All three men on the panel had several ideas on how this partnership is formed. Moody, as an entrepreneur, feels it is important when choosing investors that — one, they have to be on board with the mission, — and two, you need to really like them,” pointing out that you will most likely spend more time with these people then you will with your spouse.

Rostick, as an investor, agreed: “It’s a forced marriage. Selling part of your company to us is like sharing your child. You get two things when I invest in you: One, me, so you have to decide if that’s worthwhile. Two, intel and reach that other venture firms can’t touch, which helps to solidify a growing business.”

He then elaborated on how investors chose the ventures they partner with: “As an investor, my first question is who is your first customer and what are you selling them. There’s a lot more art in venture capital projections than science. When you’re talking to a couple guys with an idea… All you have is hope, no science, so how much is that hope worth?”

After delving into the specifics of these relationships, Moody left students with his best pieces of advice: “If you really want to be an entrepreneur, get a job. You’re going to learn more there and develop the tools you need to succeed. And don’t forget that a lot of entrepreneurship is about risk and management– but you still have to swing for the fences.”

The event came to a close with a reception, where students could speak individually to the panelists and learn more about what “swing[ing] for the fences” entails.

 

moodyScott Moody is the Co-Founder and CEO of K4Connect, which is an integrated solution company designed and developed to meet the evolving needs of the senior living market by way of creating “smart homes.” K4Connect is not Moody’s first venture; he is a serial entrepreneur of technology companies.
rostickMark Rostick is a Director at Intel Capital based in Raleigh, NC. He focuses on Intel’s investments in storage, enterprise/cloud computing infrastructure and software along with other areas like graphics, media processing, and digital media.

 

luxSteve Lux is a Managing Partner at Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners in Tampa, FL. His portfolio consists of high growth, small technology based ventures, two of which were started by Scott Moody.

 

 

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Dave Felman ’79 is a Corporate Attorney and Shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, FL. He manages the corporate law practice at his firm and focuses on representing companies and investors in investment deals, including mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Advisory Council.

Students Working to Better the Triad at the Discovery Forum

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communication Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
discovery-forum-2016-triad-headerOn Wednesday, November 16, the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, hosted the Triad Discovery Forum, sponsored by BB&T.

At the event, held in the Kulynych Auditorium in the Byrum Welcome Center, nine talented teams both from Wake Forest and young entrepreneurs from the Triad area were allowed five minutes to pitch their idea or social venture to an audience.

The audience then voted on the top three ventures, which would be invited to an intensive leadership development weekend in the spring, where they will compete for up to $10,000 for the advancement of their venture. It was an evening of innovation, inspiration, and networking.

The top three teams continuing to the Leadership Symposium in Raleigh in March are: the Resilience Project, Fresh Food Haven, and GRPWRK.

jakeThe Resilience Project, which placed first, is a venture Jacob Teitelbaum (‘17) started while battling Refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Teitelbaum and co-founder, Sophia Faltin (’16), partner with cancer patients to design a pair of socks in that patient’s honor, as an alternative to the standard no-slip hospital socks given to patients upon arrival. The socks are then sold online, with half of the proceeds going back to the family to help pay for treatment.

freshfoodhavenFresh Food Haven is another Wake Forest team placing in the top three. With this Winston-Salem focused venture, Claiborne Barnett (‘20) and David Deerin (‘20) want to ease the food desert problem in Winston-Salem. Their venture seeks to partner with farms to create boxes of locally sourced produce and deliver these boxes directly to schools, so children in need of this sustenance have access to it.

grpwrkAlso placing in the top three are Ashley Johnson, Paris Williford, Brittney Isbell, and Hali Shepard, who are four Winston-Salem based creative women who recognize there isn’t enough art-positive help in the area. Their idea, entitled GRPWRK, is a service-first creative entrepreneurship collaborative space or hub that would connect people, provide services and materials, and ultimately serve as a guide and beacon during any creative project development.

All nine teams are pursuing innovative, sustainable solutions to critical social problems, and we cannot wait to see where these ventures go. Best of luck to the top three in the next round of competition and to all nine teams in your endeavors!

The nine teams that competed included:

BetaBrake: Priscillla Djarbeng, Andrew Zeidell

Beyond Borders: Kyla Tucker, Kathryn Webster

Combatting Cosmetic Waste: Mingyue Yu, Hang Zhao

Cross & Dagger: Jalen Johnson, Makenzie Whichard, Danielle Patterson

Fresh Food Haven: David Deerin, Claiborne Barnett

GRPWRK: Ashley Johnson, Paris Williford, Brittney Isbell, Hali Shepard

Resilience Project: Jacob Teitelbaum, Sophia Faltin

Urban Growth-op: Sacha Blalock, Toriell Lewis, Suraya Crump, Kaylah Steveson, Xavia Edmonds, Chelsea Tubbs

WakeStorage: Sam Chason, Wubetu Shimelash

ICE sponsored speakers and events inspire and encourage us to pursue our passions

Inspiration abounds in the ESE classes.  What inspires you? 

heather-evans-smithOn October 20, students in Professor Jan Detter’s ESE 100 class had the opportunity to meet Heather Evans Smith and hear about what inspires her to create her award winning photography.

“How we see the world often determines our creativity. Heather sees the world through the lens of awe and mystification,” says Detter who encourages us to be ‘awake and alert’ to our own lives.

Evans Smith leads herself through creative exercises, a habit she learned as a child to fend off boredom.  Often times she is inspired through music.  She listens to a song and envisions images that she then creates through photographs.  She has produced a series of photographs called “My Beatles” from her favorite Beatles songs.

Her photos are meaningful to her but they resonate with others as well.  One of her award winning photographs, Let My Machine Talk To Me, was chosen for Canon and Ron Howard’s Project Imagination contest.  She found the subject for this photo – the robot – of all places in Jan Detter’s studio!

She is currently working on a series she calls “threading”, which is inspired by memories of her late grandmother and her grandmother’s love of sewing.  She has also done cover photos for several issues of The Wake Forest Magazine. Her portfolio can be found here.

Heather Evans Smith lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her work reflects her southern roots, motherhood, womanhood and a whimsical imagination she relied on as an only child in a rural town. Smith’s work has been featured in solo and joint exhibitions nationwide, magazines, literary journals and online publications. She has been an invited guest lecturer at colleges, universities and photography conferences such as Australian Exposure in the Gold Coast, Australia. (Taken from Facebook.Heatherevanssmithphotography.)


Computer Science Department and ICE Program host Wake Forest alum and tech entrepreneur, John Quinn.

john-quinn-event-imageOn November 4, we heard from John Quinn ’95, co-founder of Storj.io, a blockchain based, distributed storage provider, who is responsible for sales, marketing, customer success, and capital formation.

John Quinn, who did his undergraduate work in Russian Studies and Economics, is a recovering investment banker from Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, a former managing director of a $200 million private equity fund and lover of distributed systems that disrupt centralized services.

Storj.io is disrupting tech giants such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.  Quinn says that anything centralized can be decentralized, using terms such as decentralization, sharing economy, trust list encryption, and P to P networks to describe what Storj is all about.  Think of the Uber and Airbnb model.  Do you want to rent space on your hard-drive?  Be the Cloud!  Check out Storj.io.


We got our DADA on!

Also on November 4, students in Professor Lynn Book’s ESEdada-10-31-announcement-image 100 classes helped transform the ZSR Library into a space that became part cabaret, movie theater, concert hall, and eatery at a public event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the highly influential art and design movement, DADA.

This was a collaborative event organized by Professor Book that included more than 60 WFU students, student ventures (including UpDog Kombucha), CreateWFU, a new student organization affiliated with the E-Society, and 15 WFU faculty from across 10 departments.  The interdisciplinary performance based focus of this event reflects what the Dada artists were doing 100 years ago.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cabaret Voltaire and DADA.  A burst of an idea in 1916, the art movement known as DADA gave birth to a new 20th Century creativity. It spread through and beyond the arts and reverberated in cities across Europe and the Americas.

DADA raised the bar for innovation developing new approaches to creative action and activism, setting the path for imaginative methods leading to unexpected outcomes.  DADA challenged everything – and nothing was ever the same.

Deacon Springboard: Making Connections and Moving Ideas Forward

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship


The first annual Deacon Springboard is already successfully underway!


The Deacon Springboard is a new program replacing the former New Venture Seed Grant Process aimed at supporting students who have innovative ideas and wish to gain hands-on experience with starting a new venture.

It is a non-academic, six-month program that provides ten accepted student teams with coaching and guidance to help move their venture ideas forward. Accepted students also automatically receive $200 in seed funds, are matched with a dynamic venture advisor, have access to additional venture assistance funds, gain free entry to the Flywheel Start-up Factory, and are also awarded automatic entry to the new Deac Tank competition to be held at WFU in February.

After many applications and pitches, the WFU Ventures and Competitions Committee selected the inaugural ten ventures and student teams in late September. You can read about these student teams and their ventures here.

The Deacon Springboard program launched on October 6th at a networking event in the Magnolia Room.

Professor and Executive Director of the CICE, Polly Black encouraged everyone to “think about [their] opportunities from a number of different angles.”

s1230035The ten selected teams then re-pitched their ideas to the ICE Advisory Council, who would ultimately become their venture advisors. These short and entertaining pitches were then followed by a successful networking session, where each student was able to get to know their potential advisor and vice versa. The connections made during this time allowed for promising partnerships to flourish.


s1230023The night then concluded with a wonderful dinner and an encouraging talk from entrepreneur Howard Love (P ‘18) about his research on the
The Start-up J Curve. You can read about his words of wisdom and findings here.

On October 7th, the following day, the Deacon Springboard members met up with their designated, matched venture advisors for a full day of exchanging contact information, discussing schedules, formulating a work plan and budget, and visiting the Flywheel Start-up Factory.

Going forward, the Deacon Springboard teams will now routinely meet with their advisors to develop the venture as fully as possible from now until February, when all teams will compete in the Deac Tank competition. The teams will also submit budgets and proposals for Venture Assistance Funds.

To keep up with the progress of the Deacon Springboard, please click here.

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Promoting Design Thinking Across Disciplines

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship 

The notion of design thinking can change the trajectory of your life – Chris Mumford

1At a colloquium on Monday, October 17, Chris Mumford spoke to faculty and students in the Department of Computer Science about the hot topic of design thinking.

Mumford teaches a design thinking course at Wake Forest University.  He also teaches entrepreneurship and design thinking at the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill in the GLOBE program.

Mumford was introduced by Paul Pauca, the Lelia and David Farr Faculty Chair of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Computer Science, who referred to him as a “serial entrepreneur.” With titles like CEO, VP of Design, CFO, and COO of multiple different education and healthcare startups under his belt, Mumford knows a thing or two about a well-designed innovation.

“The notion of design thinking can change the trajectory of your life,” Mumford announced at the beginning of his seminar.

It is the concept of taking a fuzzy idea and “crystallizing it into a solution to a problem by way of a product that is validated by consumers and stakeholders.”

This process is rooted in creativity, which Mumford contends really comes down to: “pattern recognition, opportunity assessment, and the wherewithal to do something about it.”

Once you tap into this creativity, he shares that the innovation process includes five steps:

  1. Problem—establishing the problem and potential solution, the user profile and experience
  2. Research—what else is out there, features and benefits comparisons
  3. Improvisation—trying everything that will maybe work, “the sexy part”
  4. Curation—the economic feasibility and analysis
  5. Editing—these steps are not linear, frequently repeatable, and almost circular, go back and edit

2After his overview of design thinking and the innovation process, Mumford then engaged participants in a number of improvisational exercises. These improvisational exercises force the participants to begin thinking differently—thinking creatively—enforcing the very thought processes that will help them better find where “passion, purpose, and profit meet.”

WFU Senior Releases Full Length, Professionally Created Album

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

image00Here I am, taking a card from the stack called chance…”

Senior Christopher Federici (‘16) initially came to WFU with the idea of shelving his passion for music.

1974250_656577227750914_50070867896492876_oAll of the music he had written with his close high school friends seemed to become irrelevant as they all scattered the US to attend different universities and pursue endeavors ou
tside of music and their band,
Hedera.

A shame, it seemed, as they had enough original, cohesive music to put together an album.

And then Federici came into contact with the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Learning about the possibility for seed grants and funding, he started to think about the band differently.

“Turns go by, as our pieces fall into line…”

1396971_656574414417862_3111975658526062536_oNamed after the Latin term for “ivy,” Hedera’s sound gravitates around garage rock, but is created with jazz-like principles. This fusion makes the group’s music novel and refreshing.

Federici, the group’s frontman and business manager, stated “I was never under the impression that entrepreneurship could include artistic endeavors. Looking at the band as entrepreneurial really opened a lot of doors for us.”

And that it did– the CICE awarded Federici a seed grant– a grant that “funded our first full length professionally created album.”

Federici and his bandmates, after four years of careful long-distance preparation, took a week out of their summers and traveled to Nashville, TN to record their work with WFU alum Derek West at FlyByWest Studios.

“Roll the die, and take back what’s mine…”

image01Hedera’s album, “Helix,” was released on October 22. Considering the distance between the bandmates, Helix is a depiction of their hardwork and dedication to their craft and each other. It is currently being distributed on Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes.

They are excited about their final product and are appreciative of the CICE as they feel that now “other people could take our music seriously, not just us.”

The interspersed lyrics in this article come from their first single, “Missing Yesterday.” To watch the music video for “Missing Yesterday,” click here. To keep up with Federici and Hedera’s continued growth and success, click here.

This Year’s ICE Scholarship Recipients

By Taylor Borden, Marketing and Communications Intern, Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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:

dagaKeshav Daga, the Orton Fund Scholarship Recipient, 2015/16-2016/17

The Orton Fund Scholarship is awarded each year to a junior who has distinguished himself/herself as a leader in promotion entrepreneurship and involvement. The scholarship spans two years, and this past year’s recipient was Keshav Daga. Keshav is a senior Finance major and Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor from Cranbury, New Jersey. He is currently serving on the Entrepreneurship Society executive board and runs a Venture Capitalist Boot Camp every other Wednesday for interested students. During his time at Wake, he founded Deacon Clean, a student-run cleaning service for students who don’t receive regular custodial services.

haydenHayden Lineberger, the Orton Fund Scholarship Recipient, 2016/17-2017/18 and Farr Scholar

The Orton Fund Scholarship is awarded each year to a junior who has distinguished himself/herself as a leader in promotion of entrepreneurship and involvement. This year’s recipient is Hayden Lineberger. Hayden is a junior majoring in Business and Enterprise Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Aside from consistently being named to the Dean’s List, Hayden has held four marketing internships throughout his time at WFU. He performed so well as the marketing intern for the Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina that he was asked to stay on the Board of Directors. In addition, Hayden founded and runs his own social media marketing company, which has over 50 clients and 23,000 followers. He was also just named the Executive Director of TEDxWakeForestU2017.

cftqjlwGeorge Papakonstantinou, the Richard and Carolyn Riley Scholarship Recipient, 2016/17

The Richard and Carolyn Riley Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who shows outstanding entrepreneurial potential. This year’s recipient is George Papakonstantinou. George is sophomore from Asheville, North Carolina. His entrepreneurial endeavors span far and wide: he has written books, published and marketed iPhone applications, and co-founded a no-profit organization that raises awareness for his local children’s hospital. On campus, he served as an executive team member for the Do Something challenge, bringing Shark Tank alum to campus, fundraising, and marketing for the event. He was also named the Vice President of the Entrepreneurial Society and the President of Wake Forest’s venture Create. Additionally, George is helping to launch the new Deac Tank competition which will be held in February 2017.