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Laurel Djoukeng MBA ’20 and Patrick Pierson-Prah MBA ’21 awarded CEI entrepreneurship grants

Patrick Pierson-Prah

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) has awarded Fuqua alumni Laurel Djoukeng MBA ’20 and Patrick Pierson-Prah MBA ’21, student loan assistance from the Fuqua Entrepreneurial Grants to support these alumni in their roles as founders. Djoukeng is founder and CEO of Sparc, which connects people who have similar interests and arranges live engagements […]

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and I can be an entrepreneur!

New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Himani Bhat is a student at Duke University and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. “I’m just an average woman who listened to the universe when it told me to believe in myself.” Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter Coming into New Ventures: Development, I was initially […]

The Best “F” word

New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Becca Kuperschmid is a sophomore at Duke University and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. Failing sucks. I mean what entrepreneur wants to be told her startup is doomed? After spending sleepless nights working through concepts and allocating an egregious amount of emotional bandwidth to an idea, […]

The Power of the Pivot = Perspective and Grit

New Ventures Series: Student Blogs

Mary Laci Motley is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and completed the New Ventures Development course taught by CEI Executive Director, Prof. Jamie Jones. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill A pivot in business is defined as a change in direction when the concept of a company or service is not […]

Industry expertise leads to innovation and a growing business

David Hailey, the founder and CEO of Countalytics, doesn’t come from the traditional background of the founder of a tech company. David’s background is in auditing and consulting, as reinforced by his nearly two decades spent working as a risk manager at EY and a General Manager at Delta Airlines in their Corporate Audit department. […]

The Highs and Lows of Entrepreneurship during Business School

When I came into my first year at Fuqua, second year of my dual-degree overall, I had decided it was time to embrace something different. Fresh off an internship at WeWork, I had entrepreneurial inspiration and an idea for applying techniques I learned during my internship to a new context. I wanted to develop a […]

Entrepreneurial Mindset: the common thread from consulting to startup to Google

Tim Sestrich MBA '16

Tim Sestrich loves to tinker and fills his time creating side projects. This has always been true, even as an undergraduate where he devoted his senior project to building and launching an apartment search website that would compete with Craigslist for the University of Pittsburgh’s student body. Tim drew inspiration from the first post-dotcom bubble […]

Building a health and wellness franchising powerhouse

Wayne Cavanaugh, the founder and current CEO of Ninja Nation, had his first experience as an entrepreneur as an undergraduate at DePaul University. Along with a few friends, Cavanaugh briefly ran a valet service for local restaurants before joining the workforce in the finance and private equity industry. This mix of entrepreneurial spirit and financial […]