Entrepreneur Summit


On Friday, November 2, 2018, business owners from across the region will present and discuss entrepreneurial issues in a full day of speakers and workshops focused on entrepreneurial inspiration. The 15th annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit will be held in Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. This is an opportunity for students of all majors and community members to meet, network and learn from successful entrepreneurs.




MORNING                                                                                                       AFTERNOON

8:15 a.m.     Breakfast & Check-in12:30 p.m.   VIP Luncheon: Ryan Kirby 
9:00 a.m.     Welcome2:00 p.m.     Afternoon Speaker: Google
9:30 a.m.     Morning Speaker: No Evil Foods3:30 p.m.     Breakout Sessions 
10:30 a.m.   Morning Speaker: Charleston Forge 4:30 p.m.     Networking
11:30 a.m.   Keynote Address: Enactus 5:00 p.m.     BIG IDEA Pitch Competition 

NOTE: The Entrepreneur Summit begins in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian State University campus. 


Morning Speakers 

schadel.jpgNo Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Startup: From farmer's market to factory – how blind faith and stubborn determination led to the creation of one the most disruptive brands in the competitive plant-based meat category.

Sadrah Schadel, Co-Founder of No Evil Foods 



30 years a Startup - Forging success in the High Country: Charleston Forge is not a "dream come true" story. It is the successful result of recognizing an opportunity and pursuing that opportunity with a passion. Art and Susan Barber plan to share a perspective that has helped them build and rebuild a successful business.

Art and Susan Barber, Founders of Charleston Forge

Keynote Address

rachel_jarosh_100x100_grayscale_0.jpgBuilding a Sustainable World through Entrepreneurial Action: Business can be a force for good and students around the world are proving it every day. Enactus is engaging the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders to use innovation and business principles to improve the world, and now Enactus is at Appalachian. Come check it out!

Rachael Jarosh, Global Enactus President and CEO  


Luncheon Speaker

ryan_kirby_100x100_grayscale.jpgFollow Your Art: Ryan Kirby is following his passion and building a thriving business with a paintbrush and a laptop.

Ryan Kirby: The artist. The brand. The studio. #wildlyoriginal

Afternoon Speaker

deming_bass.jpgGoogle Comes to the Mountain: A solid website is critical, but it is no longer enough. Gain the knowledge you need to establish a successful online presence.  Google is in the house!

Demming Bass, Google 



Afternoon Breakout Sessions

 This year's Entrepreneur Summit has tons of breakout sessions to choose from! 


rachel_jorosh_200x300_grayscale.jpgThe 15th annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit has a fantastic lineup of speakers.

This year's keynote address by Global Enactus President and CEO Rachael Jarosh will inspire you to put your entrepreneurial ambitions to good use.  Rachel will share the message of how business can be a force for good and how students around the world are proving it every day...

Read more about the speakers and topics.