Energy and the environment are much on the minds of social business entrepreneurs among UNC system students. The system’s North Carolina Social Business Conference on Thursday included a business-plan competition for student teams with entries from all 17 campuses. Several initiatives focused on energy and the enironment, including food distribution. Poverty and microfinance were also addressed by multiple groups.
A total of 31 teams entered.
The winning teams were from N.C. State University, first place; Fayetteville State University, second; and UNC-Chapel Hill, third. Among the nine finalists was one of the N.C. A&T teams.
The winners’ social business ideas are:
Two weeks ago, North Carolina’s largest business incubator held an event to mark its long-awaited move to a new facility, the former Carolina Steel plant on South Eugene Street in Greensboro. Tomorrow night, the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship will celebrate 25 years of success in helping new businesses grow and create jobs. Congratulations to CEO Sam Funchess, former CEO Tom May, and the many entrepreneurs who have contributed to that success.
From the Associated Press:
“A competition being held this week by North Carolina’s public university system pits 31 student-led teams that are presenting business plans for enterprises that would both generate profits and help the needy.
“The first North Carolina Social Business Conference on Thursday promises to boost, if only a little, a hybrid of business and charity getting more attention since the Great Recession highlighted that free markets can’t provide all society needs. The competition at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro is also a platform for the university system to show off its 17-campus emphasis on pulling concepts out of classrooms and into commerce.”
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The keynote speaker is Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus originated the concept of microfinance. He an economist and educator from Bangladesh.
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A&T undergraduates with an interest in research will have a chance next week to explore summer opportunities and graduate schools and to practice their presentation skills.
The university’s research training programs are collaborating to host the first MORE-STEM Fair (Maximizing Opportunities in REsearch promotes interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math Careers).
The event will be held Tuesday, October 2nd, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Barnes Hall auditorium. It will highlight summer research program and graduate school opportunities, with these institutions represented:
- Baylor University,
- Duke University,
- Emory University,
- Johns Hopkins University,
- National Institutes of Health
- University of Maryland Baltimore County,
- University of Massachusetts,
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
- University of North Texas,
- Virginia Commonwealth University, and
- Wake Forest University.
On Wednesday, October 3rd, students in the research training programs will present their scientific posters from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Atrium of Barnes Hall.
A&T’s research training programs are the:
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP Talent-21),
- Integrative Biomathematical Learning Enhancement Network for Diversity (iBlend)
- Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC),
- N.C. Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP), and
- Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE).
For further information, contact John Patterson, Department of Biology, 336 285-4000.
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The National Science Board has taken a look at the future of U.S. public research universities, and the view is grim:
“In the 2012 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators (Indicators), the National Science Board (Board) reported a substantial decline over the last decade in per student state appropriations at the Nation’s major public research universities. This policy companion report to Indicators 2012, Diminishing Funding and Rising Expectations: Trends and Challenges for Public Research Universities, highlights the importance of these universities to the local and national economies, rising public expectations for these institutions, and the challenges posed by recent trends in enrollment, revenue, and expenditures.
“In the wake of increasing enrollment and costs and declining per student state appropriations, the Board is concerned with the continued ability of public research universities to provide affordable, quality education and training to a broad range of students, conduct the basic science and engineering research that leads to innovations, and perform their public service missions.”
The National Science Board is the governing board for the National Science Foundation.
The full report is here.
WHAT: Open forum and listening session with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 9, 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Centennial Campus, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), Lecture Hall, main floor (directions).
DETAILS: 10:15 a.m. Open forum with NCSU administrators & stakeholders (this session follows a similar event for NCSU faculty, students and staff).
Rather lengthy parking instructions: