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N.C. A&T to Host 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Conference

For the fourth consecutive year, students from all 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina will convene at North Carolina A&T State University for the Social Entrepreneurship Conference on Feb. 16, in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center.

The conference features Colleen Briggs, vice president of financial capability and consumer initiatives within global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase, as a keynote speaker and a business plan competition for teams from the UNC System institutions.

“The competition is an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills from their entrepreneurship classes to solving real social and environmental problems in the community,” said Dr. Thaddeus McEwen, conference coordinator, professor in the department of management in the School of Business and Economics and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

For this year’s event, teams will present 46 business plans, a conference record. There are three categories – the open category for undergraduate teams and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the open category for the graduate student teams and the new category of financial literacy which is open to undergraduate, graduate and mixed-level teams.

In the undergraduate and graduate categories, the teams have been challenged to submit innovative ideas that solve or address compelling community social challenges of any sort. Prizes for the undergraduate category are $3,000 for the winning team, $2,000 for the first runner up and $1,000 for the second runner up. In the graduate category, the winning team will receive $5,000, the first runner up will receive $3,000 and the second runner up will receive $1,000.

The financial literacy category – open to undergraduate, graduate or mixed-level teams – challenges teams to submit innovative ideas to improve financial literacy in their own communities. The financial literacy category will give a single prize of $5,000.

This year’s conference is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Queen City Forward, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Lincoln Financial Foundation and Weaver Foundation. 

Registration and check begins at 9 a.m. For additional information about the conference, visit the UNC System website.