Entrepreneur Summit

Upcoming Summit: Friday, November 10, 2017

Save the date for the 2017 Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit: Friday, November 10.
The summit will feature a keynote lecture from Donald Thompson, CEO of Creative Allies, an integrated marketing firm that focuses on helping celebrity and consumer brands execute marketing campaigns, engage customers, and acquire millennials. The event, set in the Plemmons Student Union, will also offer smaller focus and breakout sessions with regional entrepreneurs.

2016 Entrepreneur Summit

The 2016 Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit was held Friday, November 11, 2016 in the Plemmons Student Union.
Download the event program [PDF]
Read the news release.

Chris Heivly is co-founder of Mapquest, which he sold to AOL in December of 1999 for $1.2B. Since then he has been the Managing Director of a $25M Venture Fund and the CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. Currently, Chris runs The Startup Factory making 10-14 seed investments per year.

Steve Norwood is Co-Founder of Consolidated Asset Recovery Systems (CARS). Steve founded CARS in 2005 and has enjoyed a decade of growth and industry awards. Steve sold 80% of CARS to a private equity firm in January 2016 and used a slice of the proceeds to establish the CFE Student Venture Fund to help student entrepreneurs at Appalachian get their ventures off the ground.

Bobby Martin is Author of The Hockey Stick Principles. After a successful sale of his first company, First Research, and well into his second company Vertical IQ, ASU Mountaineer Bobby Martin decided to share his insights on entrepreneurship in The Hockey Stick Principles, which was published in April 2016.

Sarah (Green) Freed is Founder of Obliquity and former owner of Empact. Sarah is an international economic development leader dedicated to addressing systemic global sustainability challenges. Sarah was recognized twice by President Obama for her work as a young leader in entrepreneurship in America, and her work has been featured in prominent media outlets including Forbes, MSNBC, ABC, and Fox Business.

Pitch Your Idea Competition

Taking out the trash took center stage, in a fashion, at Appalachian State University’s “Pitch Your Idea” competition March 24, 2016.

Read the article from Blowing Rock News.

The competition, sponsored by Appalachian alum and entrepreneur Bobby Martin, author of The Hockey Stick Principles, offered ten student finalists the opportunity to present to a panel of judges to earn a top prize of $1000.

The event was held on Appalachian State University's campus in the Holmes Convocation Center.

2016 Pitch Your Idea Contest Finalists

AdRenture Noah Koch
Campus Cleaners Jake Hartman
Dry Thighs Mollie Gentry
Gidoa Dale Yarborough
Glance Kameron Kales and Chris Comrie
Lok Up Curtis Compton and Lauren Chesnet
NC Downhill Bailey Winecoff
Project Music Jabari Myles and Kaitlyn Little
Something Green Taelor Critcher
Vixster Zak Ammar

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