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Frank Porter Graham Student Union @ Corner of South and Raleigh Road Chapel Hill, NC

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Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • After hours Workspace at 1789 Venture Lab

Saturday

Nov 16
  • Venue Open / Breakfast served
  • First set of coaches arrive
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Team Standups - call for needs, skills & feedback
  • More coaches arrive to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • After Party / Cool Down at Launch Chapel Hill 321 W. Rosemary St. Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Party Ends

Sunday

Nov 17
  • Venue opens - Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Pitch Coach available to help teams practice presentations
  • Call for last minute help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Lunch
  • Start Congregating in Great Hall
  • Guest Speakers
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • After Party at Top of the Hill 100 E Franklin St #3, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Speakers

Alec Guettel

Co-Founder and Board Director of Sungevity, Inc., Co-Founder of Axiom Law, and Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the CUBE at UNC-Chapel Hill

Alec Guettel is a longtime environmentalist and successful serial social entrepreneur with a track record of building mission-driven businesses in a variety of industries. He is the co-founder of Sungevity, Inc., one of the nation's leading solar energy companies that has earned a "Best for the World" Award from B Corp for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Prior to Sungevity, Guettel also co-founded Axiom Law, a company that revolutionized the legal industry by slashing high overhead costs and liberating frustrated lawyers from the inefficiency of the traditional law firm model. He helped grow the firm to over 1,000 legal professionals providing legal services to half the world’s F100 companies.

Not only has Guettel worked across industries but he has also worked in all four sectors, within government, in the private sector, in the non-profit sector, and in the fourth sector - each time launching new ways to tackle problems of our time. He previously served the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to former EPA chief and while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, he co-founded the SEAC, which became the largest non-profit student organization in the country during his tenure.

This year, he has also taken on the role as the CUBE Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, advising startups at the CUBE and across UNC to help accelerate their progress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Judith Cone

Judith Cone is special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She leads efforts to strengthen a university-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship so that Carolina is a place where innovators thrive. The university is committed to supporting those who translate their ideas into practical solutions, especially when they target the most pressing challenges of our times.
Before coming to Carolina, Cone served as vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, capping a 15-year career with the foundation. During her tenure, Cone led many of the foundation’s signature education and entrepreneurship initiatives and programs, including FastTrac, a business start-up training program that has been used worldwide by millions of entrepreneurs

Judges

Ted Zoller

Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Zoller oversees Launch Chapel Hill, a new venture lab that supports UNC teams that are moving to the marketplace. He is a senior adviser to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he previously served as a vice president. He serves as the primary liaison for UNC Kenan-Flagler to the Research Triangle entrepreneurial community. He collaborates with leading venture accelerators in Europe, including the Accelerace program at the Symbion Research Park in Denmark. He has taught and consulted with numerous entrepreneurial ventures, and is an active, practicing entrepreneur. He founded CommonWeal Ventures, a venture advisory and analytics firm, and is a small business owner.

Dr. Zoller is a former associate dean, high-tech entrepreneur and American Management Systems, Inc. principal. He was founding director of economic development at the College of William & Mary, where he developed Jefferson Park, an advanced technology research park. He received his PhD from UNC, master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and Syracuse University, and a dual bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

Jim Kitchen

President , JimKitchen.org

A successful businessperson and lecturer at The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Jim Kitchen serves as a coach for the Launching the Venture program at the University’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The program relies on the region’s commerce leaders, such as Jim Kitchen, to help entrepreneurial students develop business plans and work toward the successful launches of new firms. An experienced entrepreneur, Jim Kitchen expanded his international tour business following his college graduation. After growing the enterprise for 18 years, he sold the company to TUI Travel, a British multinational corporation. He used the sale proceeds to expand his real estate business in North Carolina. Most recently started 1789 Venture Lab, an incubator for younger businesses has thus far been privately funded by Jim Kitchen, an incubator for younger businesses
Mr. Kitchen earned his B.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Subsequently, he studied business at The University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he received his M.B.A. as valedictorian of his class. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Management through The George Washington University in Washington.

Mohan Nathan

Vice President of Global Marketing at TransEnterix, Inc   |  LinkedIn

Jan Davis

Jan Davis is a retired CEO and active board member and advisor of companies in software, analytics, direct and interactive marketing, and personal information, providing strategic direction, corporate oversight, CEO coaching and introductions to potential partners, customers, suppliers and investors. She is an investor in Triangle Angel Partners and was recently elected to its Executive Committee. She presently serves on the board of directors of ShowingTime.com, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and on the boards of advisors for multiple companies, including BiddRocket, Gift Boogle, LeaseRisk, Market Vue Partners, and Three Ships Media. These enterprises sell products and services to the retail, real estate, marketing services, and information industries as well as to consumers.
Davis has served on the boards of directors of Truelink, RCT Analytics Ltd., ShopperTrak, the Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Finance Exchange and on the Alumni Council at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She’s served on the advisory boards of RetelTechnologies (purchased by ShopperTrak), GeeYee and Ribstone. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and relocated from the Chicago area to Cary NC in 2010.

Greg Hopper

Greg Hopper teaches "Competitive Strategy in Technology-based Industries". He is a strategy and product marketing executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in corporate strategy, and marketing of technology-based solutions, and is currently a Senior Product Manager in the Office of the CTO at NetApp

Coaches

Andrew Roth

Business Development at RocketBolt   |  LinkedIn

Andy Roth has two degrees from Duke Law School, including one specializing in entrepreneurship. Prior to law school he spent several years in New York City pursuing professional acting. He is currently the Director of Business Development for RocketBolt, a startup which has just completed The Startup Factory's Fall 2013 program.

Ibraheem Khalifa

Manager, USD Leadership Engineering Acceleration Program at EMC   |  

Ibraheem Khalifa is a Raleigh native who works for EMC as a software development engineer in data analytics. He won 2nd place in TSW 2013 for inTouch - a mobile app that leverages your social networks to manage relationships and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Corey Harris

Mobile Webie Founder

Laura Zavelson

In addition to being an enthusiastic EIR for Launch Chapel Hill, Laura Zavelson is a full-time lecturer at Elon University teaching both entrepreneurship (Intro Venture Funding) and marketing (Integrated Marketing Communications). Her first start-up adventure was in the EDA space for semi-conductors. She co-founded the company and served in a variety of roles including CEO, CFO and Chairperson. That company was acquired by Triad Semiconductor in 2010. After the birth of her second child, she co-founded an award-winning branding and marketing agency. Prior to being bitten by the start-up bug, Laura worked in business development/ licensing & acquisition in biotechology, specializing in cardiovascular devices. She holds degrees from Duke University (BA) and the University of Florida (MBA) where she was awarded the Matherly Scholarship for leadership and scholarship.

Sheryl Waddell

Program Director

Sheryl Waddell is the Program Director of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. Sheryl brings more than 20 years of sales, marketing and executive management experience. Most recently Sheryl was Executive Manager of Strategy and Contracts for Intergraph, the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software, where she lead the sales operations team focusing on opportunity capture analysis, proposal development and contract execution. Sheryl began her career as an entrepreneur co-founding, Padcom, Inc. a wireless data
communications company in 1992. At Padcom She held numerous leadership roles including Executive Vice President of sales and marketing and Director of Business Development where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the sales and marketing framework leading to the company’s success and eventual merger with a leading wireless data communication company in 2006.

Alec Guettel

Co-Founder and Board Director of Sungevity, Inc., Co-Founder of Axiom Law, and Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the CUBE at UNC-Chapel Hill

Alec Guettel is a longtime environmentalist and successful serial social entrepreneur with a track record of building mission-driven businesses in a variety of industries. He is the co-founder of Sungevity, Inc., one of the nation's leading solar energy companies that has earned a "Best for the World" Award from B Corp for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Prior to Sungevity, Guettel also co-founded Axiom Law, a company that revolutionized the legal industry by slashing high overhead costs and liberating frustrated lawyers from the inefficiency of the traditional law firm model. He helped grow the firm to over 1,000 legal professionals providing legal services to half the world’s F100 companies.

Not only has Guettel worked across industries but he has also worked in all four sectors, within government, in the private sector, in the non-profit sector, and in the fourth sector - each time launching new ways to tackle problems of our time. He previously served the Clinton administration as Special Assistant to former EPA chief and while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, he co-founded the SEAC, which became the largest non-profit student organization in the country during his tenure.

This year, he has also taken on the role as the CUBE Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, advising startups at the CUBE and across UNC to help accelerate their progress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Dina Mills

Dina serves as Launch Chapel Hill's Program Manager, has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing entrepreneurial ventures in a wide range of industries, across three continents, and as both for profit and non-profit ventures. Dina retired to Chapel Hill in 2001 where the entrepreneurial bug bit again and she co-founded LunaPops, a gourmet frozen pop producer. She stepped out of the business in 2012 and now manages Launch Chapel Hill.

Paul Benninghove

Senior Digital Strategist - Tattoo Projects

Over his 15+ year career, Paul has gotten his hands dirty with a mix of design, project management, business development, and product design experience. Paul currently serves as the Senior Digital Strategist for Charlotte, NC-based advertising agency, Tattoo Projects. Paul was responsible for developing and growing the interactive side of Tattoo and puts his business development acumen and design expertise to work for clients including Victory Motorcycles, Sheetz Convenience Stores, UNC Charlotte, and others.

While at Tattoo, Paul led the creation of a mobile app geared towards helping end hunger, numerous responsive website builds, and several other digital projects.

Paul brings a unique mix of right and left-brain thinking to the table and strives to develop innovative solutions that deliver results for the clients Tattoo services daily.

Pamela Chestek

Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright has a proven track record of over 30 years (both at IBM and GE) as an effective change agent in driving innovation and technology commercialization and new business initiatives. Recently, he was selected as part of a core team in IBM’s recently formed “Radical Process Simplification” area, and is helping to re-engineer IBM’s key processes to meet significant challenges in IBM’s roadmap to 2015.

Working with IBM Research and several IBM development areas, he has guided a wide variety of projects focused on the transition of technology from labs to viable commercial offerings. Kevin developed one of driving IBM’s premier innovation incubator program (Extreme Blue, RTP Lab Manager). He has been part of several of IBM’s leading edge entrepreneurial initiatives, such as entry into the home personal computer market, e-business middleware (WebSphere, Tivoli, and Pervasive Computing), the Emerging Business Opportunities company-wide initiative, and several other significant paradigm-breaking task forces and initiatives. His diverse experiences helps me to provide an end-to-end, integrated perspective, having performed in key roles across a wide variety of functional and brand areas in hardware, software, and services from both business and technical perspectives.

Kevin has over 5 years experience as an Adjunct Professor for both Duke University (Masters of Engineering Management Program) and NC State University (MBA Program) teaching courses in services, solutions, global strategy, management of innovation and technologies. He recently successfully served as a business mentor for a RENCI / UNC-CH initiated project which was awarded a NSF grant for NSF’s I-Corps program (program focusing on customer discovery, business model generation, and utilizing a lean start-up approach).

Organizers
Avani Parekh
Mital M. Patel
Janet Kennedy
Lew Kellogg
Datt Patel
Travis Crowder
Nick Troxell
Dina Mills
Susan Kellogg
Tyler Daniel
Melissa Kennedy
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