Week-long celebration of business and innovation in the Triangle held at UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Week after week, we here at WNCN highlight the next great things in business and innovation around the Triangle.

“What’s Next” often begins at a school like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and with events like Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Launched by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators. For the last four years, UNC has joined in hosting a weeklong series of events.


“At any given time during this week period around the world more than 140 countries are working on projects to advance entrepreneurship,” said Judith Cone, interim vice-chancellor overseeing innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC.

The events cover a ton of topics and feature “some fantastic speakers from across the world and across the U.S. [who come] to try and see what’s next here in the Triangle,” said Mathilde Verdier, coordinator for UNC GEW and program coordinator for the UNC Social Innovation Initiative.

Mathilde went on to say just how impressive the Triangle is when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation.

“It’s amazing here in the Triangle just how much is going on around entrepreneurship and innovation and we just keep seeing year after year the Triangle just growing in this space and being incredibly collaborative,” he said.

The events aren’t just for experienced innovators and entrepreneurs, Cone said.

“People that have never considered entrepreneurship come to hear those speakers, so it plants that desire,” she said. “It’s a way to bring in new people that maybe do have great ideas to solve big important issue but don’t see themselves as the one to do it.”

Among the events was a presentation on “B-corporations.”

Bull City Burgers and Brewery is leading the way as a B-Corporation.
Bull City Burgers and Brewery is leading the way as a B-Corporation.

“B stands for “Best for the world”…and purpose-driven businesses that think about people, planet and profits,” said Verdier.

“B-corp…says you can do good with your life no matter what you do if it’s in business, social work, if it’s education, government, sports – it doesn’t matter, it’s who you are as an individual…and B-corps just make that message so much easier to understand,” Cone said.

While Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 has wrapped up, you can find a link to the UNC Center for Entrepreneurial Studies right here.

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