Kenan Institute Connects: Students from Startup Consulting Program Present to Clients

Monday, December 15, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

Last week, students and leaders at the Kenan Institute gathered to celebrate the students who have worked in the Start-Up Consulting program this fall. This program presents an opportunity to hear about what’s going on across campus and provide an avenue to link the business school with entrepreneurs. The Start-Up Consulting program was created by the Kenan Institute to provide additional support for professors who are doing high impact research with commercial potential. More

Student Spotlight: Ashwini Rathi – From Architect to MBA

Friday, December 5, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

When I was trying to determine the best students to highlight for my next blog post, it was repeatedly suggested that I interview Ashwini Rathi. So I sat down with Ashwini to learn more about him and his experiences at the Kenan Institute. Originally from India, Ashwini went to high school in a small, underdeveloped town on the eastern part of India. After high school, he was fortunate to attend one of the best engineering schools in India. More

Jeff Saturday: Dean Speaker Series Recap

Monday, December 1, 2014 | Bryce Parrish

On November 17, I had the privilege of meeting and listening to Jeff Saturday - notable UNC alum, former standout NFL player, current ESPN analyst, and loving husband and father of three - speak as part of this year's Dean Speaker Series. As someone who is passionate and dedicated about pursuing careers in the sports industry, this event has been marked on my calendar since the start of school! Thankfully, it proved to be helpful in opening my eyes  to what it takes to realize success, both on and off the field and within one's professional career and personal life. Detailed below are my highlights of the event, centered on the life guidance Saturday weaved throughout his presentation by way of his "4 Pillars of Leadership." More

In the Economic Development Puzzle, How Do Foreign Trade Zones Fit?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Jessie Maxwell

It’s been several weeks since my last blog post, and now I am well into my NC Growth project for Halifax County. I have learned a lot about Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), the application process, and the regulatory environment. I’ve also researched rurally located FTZs to get a better understanding of how the export-based economic development tool works in non-urban areas. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Dr. Johnson on Using Innovation to Solve Pressing Issues in Society

Monday, November 17, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

One of my favorite courses right now is Entrepreneurship and Minority Economic Development. This course, taught by Professor James H. Johnson Jr., has allowed me to connect with local entrepreneurs and collaborate with my classmates to create strategies that the owners could use to grow their businesses. This week, I was able to learn more about Dr. Johnson’s interest in economic development as well as discover our shared interest in improving education systems in the U.S. More

Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo Recap

Thursday, November 13, 2014 | Bryce Parrish

This past Saturday, on November 8th, I had the privilege of attending the second annual Carolina Sport Business & Fitness Expo (CSFE). This event, put on by the undergrad Carolina Sport Business Club (CSBC) under the leadership of Deborah Stroman, Director of Sports Entrepreneurship at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, has quickly established itself as the go-to event for those interested in learning more about sport as well as those whose career aspirations reside within this industry. More

Kenan Institute Insider: Elizabeth Basnight on Her Experiences in E-TAP

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

This week, I sat down with Elizabeth Basnight to discuss her role at the Kenan Institute. Elizabeth is the manager for the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (also known as E-TAP), a program under NC Strategic Economic Growth at the Kenan Institute. Elizabeth helps NC Growth develop relationships with North Carolina entrepreneurs and companies and ultimately match them with current MBA students. Once matched, students work with companies on projects that are critical to the company’s growth. Additionally, she writes the newsletter and updates the NC Growth website. More

MD/MBA Student Works with Preclinical Imaging Startup, SonoVol

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Jeremy Ford

My name is Jeremy, and I am proud to be part of a group of nine MBA students involved in the Kenan Institute’s Startup Consulting Program. Under the guidance of the program’s director, Dr. Jason Doherty, we have the unique opportunity to assist local companies with projects to help them grow while concurrently putting our burgeoning business acumen into practice. This semester, we are working with a diverse set of startups holding exciting intellectual property, ranging from a novel blood thinner to a high-potential cystic fibrosis therapeutic. More

Student Spotlight: Chris Long On Finding His Passion

Friday, October 31, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

I recently had the opportunity to learn about one of my friends and fellow classmate’s work with the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Chris Long, a 2nd year MBA student, has worked with the institute since last Fall to provide financial consulting services to three distinct businesses in the eastern North Carolina community. More

In Her Own Words: Kiara Burroughs, New Student Blogger

Monday, October 27, 2014 | Kiara Burroughs

My name is Kiara, and I am the newest blogger for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. During my first year, I had the opportunity to learn more about the Kenan Institute, but I never completely grasped or knew about all of its happenings. For several months, I wondered what exactly was going on in the “other” building at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Therefore, when I had the chance to serve in a marketing role at the Kenan Institute, I seized the opportunity.  I knew that this would allow me to learn more about the Kenan Institute, meet key players in the building, and build my marketing skills in a digital space. One of my responsibilities is to write weekly blog posts to inform students and others in the community about the Kenan Institute. More