I had the privilege and honor to be one a keynote speaker for the Entrepreneurs Lecture Series on Monday at the McKimmon Center at N.C. State.
Before the ELS event, there was an advisory board meeting. I got to see a number of great people that support the Entrepreneurship Initiative at N.C. State just like I do.
During that meeting, we got to see the strategic plan for the future of the EI program, were briefed on the newly formed Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN), the N.C. State Fast 15 and talked about how bright the future of the EI program is.
The BEN is a collaborative effort between N.C. State, N.C. Central, Duke, North Carolina and the CED-Council for Entrepreneurial Development. The BEN is an effort to boost the Triangle region and identify the best and brightest entrepreneurs that will lead to more job creation in our state. It’s going to be an incredible deal for students and entrepreneurs in the near future.
It was awesome. I shared the stage with two other great speakers and entrepreneurs – Heather Hesketh (hesketh.com) and John Harthorne (MassChallenge). The three of us were joined by moderator Dr. Tom Miller, who heads up the EI at N.C. State. There were 300 people there, most of them aspiring entrepreneurs. We had a Q and A session after we addressed the audience, I got to meet a talented bunch of young people and then I took some of the N.C. people to watch the Carolina Hurricanes play hockey.
On Wednesday, I received a cool thank you card in the mail and a trophy from the N.C. State EI program “for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements by a member of the N.C. State community.” Wooooooohhhhhhh! Man, I was fired up. I was jumping around and telling everybody. I love being able to help people, particularly the people in my N.C. State family.
I am so proud to be a graduate of N.C. State, I’m glad to be a part of the EI advisory board and I’m glad to be able to give back to the school I love so much.
I want to say a special thanks to the following people: Nevin Kessler (N.C. State Vice Chancellor), Dr. Tom Miller (EI Executive Director), Jennifer Capps (Associate Director EI program), Morgan Greer (Associate Director, External Relations) and everybody associated with the ELS and Triangle Entrepreneur Week. You can read more about this event and the week at http://ei.ncsu.edu/get-involved/entrepreneurs-lecture-series/.