– Minor in 3 Courses! Major in 4 Courses!

– Marketing Major? Add an Entrepreneurship Major or Minor!

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Rice Business Plan Competition 2021 Finals

Ready to find out who takes home $1.3 Million in Prizes, along with the $350,000 Goose Capital Grand Prize at the 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition? Tune in now!

Watch the Rice Business Plan Competition live Final Round
Friday, April 9, 2021
Live Final Round Pitches | 9:00 – 12:00 pm CDT
Awards Presentation | 1:30 – 2:15 pm CDT
Watch on YouTube or on the RBPC Website

The 54 teams are from 44 top universities and 6 different countries and were selected from more than 440 entrants. Through two rounds, judges have narrowed down the competitors to 7 finalists. Watch their pitches and then tune into the Awards Presentation to see who wins $1.3M in cash, investment and in-kind prizes. All 54 startups, not just the finalist, could take home prizes during the Awards.

Plus, you’ll hear an updates from past alumni including, the first RPBC IPO-Hyliion, 2020 2nd Place Winner-Nanopath, and 2020 Grand Prize Winner-Aurign.

Watch the live Final Round – STARTING SOON

RBPC21 Finalists:

  • Swift Sku, Auburn
  • SimpL, University of Pittsburg
  • LFAnt Medical, McGill University
  • FibreCoat, RWTH Aachen
  • Candelytics, Harvard
  • AgZen, MIT

View the Results of the Competition So Far

The 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and richest student startup competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance and the Jones Graduate School of Business, is taking place virtually April 6-9, 2021.

Over the years, the competition has grown with 2021 seeing the most startups in competition history. The competitive, high-quality applicant pool and the virtual nature of the event led the Rice Alliance to expand the competition offering more student entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for prizes and receive the quality mentorship, feedback and real-world experience the competition boasts.

The event kicked off with each team making its case in a rapid-fire, 60-second elevator-pitch contest on the first day of the competition and in 10-minute investment pitches during Round 1 on Wednesday and the Semi-Finals on Thursday.

If you missed the Mercury Fund Elevator Pitch Competition on April 6th, you can still watch it.

She Can, We Can, Be an Entrepreneur Everywhere

The suffrage movement resulting in the passage of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) in 1920 may be dated to at least the mid-19th century. Like other movements for social and political change in the nation, it was a decades-long grassroots undertaking. In communities across America and internationally, people picketed, negotiated, and sacrificed to gain not only women’s voting rights, but equal access to education, employment, and health care. While the movement in the U.S. was able to pass the Constitutional amendment through acts of extraordinary courage and determination, it was also riddled with contradictions and exclusions. Most notably, and with long-lasting effects in our society, African-American women and recent immigrants were excluded from the white-female dominated movement. Delving into this history helps us both recognize how far we have come, and how far we still have to travel in the ongoing struggle for equality and justice in the nation.

The history of the United States may be understood as an ongoing struggle to expand democracy among its people. Throughout 2020-2022, UNC Greensboro presents a diverse two-year series of events, discussions, and performances to examine the history and cultural context of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (women’s right to vote), and issues of equity and equality in our own time as well as asking, what political advances and compromises resulted in the passage of the 19th Amendment, and how have these shaped issues of equity in our own time?

New events for the Fall 2021 semester are being scheduled now, all events will be free and open to the public. Note: As we are in the midst of a pandemic, please visit this website frequently for changes.

North Carolina Small Business Coalition

Across the nation–in rural, urban, and suburban areas alike–small businesses and entrepreneurs create the unique identity of our communities and are drivers of local economic development. Nowhere is this more abundantly clear than in North Carolina, where businesses with between two and 50 employees make up 95 percent of all business entities and account for 44 percent of employment in the state.

As we emerge from a year that saw many businesses close their doors permanently following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of countless other small firms remain in jeopardy. The pandemic has only amplified serious existing issues facing our state’s small-business owners and entrepreneurs long before the arrival of COVID in 2020.

Now is the time to implement long-term and statewide policy solutions to stabilize the economic viability of our state’s small businesses. The NC Rural Center, along with a statewide Small Business Policy Task Force (SBPTF), have introduced North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan, a set of state-specific policy recommendations addressing the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the following focus areas: funding, support, opportunity, and knowledge. You can read “North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan: A Pathway to Prosperity for All” HERE.

Please join me by adding your name/organization name to this coalition to voice your support in ensuring that North Carolina’s entrepreneurs and small-business owners have equal access to the capital, resources, and tools needed to prosper. Signup link is HERE.
As a member of the North Carolina Small Business Coalition, you will have access to the latest news and updates regarding small business legislation and resources in North Carolina. If you have any questions about the coalition or its membership, please contact our Advocacy Engagement Coordinator, Miles Kirksey, at mkirksey@ncruralcenter.org.

Why Everyone Needs to be an Entrepreneur?

Are you Competitive by nature? Do you have what it takes to be your boss? Do you think out of the box?
If yes, then Entrepreneurship is the right choice for you. Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle for those unique, goal-oriented, anti-routine future dreamers. It is simply for those extroverts, risk-takers, who are always open to learning from other people, experiences, and even failure. Watch the Galala University panel with our Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh below, or linked on their Facebook page here.


Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, was interviewed by Zippia.com concerning the job market for recent grads as part of an expert panel. Here is the link: Job Market Trends for Recent Grads

ECDP Founding Director – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

The Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, and Founder and Inaugural Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Dianne Welsh has a new website! You can access her professional history and valuable knowledge, as well as an archive of all published works. Get to know Dr. Welsh better here!

Campus Greensboro Fellows Program 2021

Dear Marketing & Communications Students, 

Are you looking for a paid summer internship? Apply to the 2021 Campus Greensboro Fellows Program!

Campus Greensboro offers many paid internship opportunities in a variety of industries and fields. We currently have several internships posted in all areas of marketing and communications. Please note the application deadlines for each opportunity.

DEADLINE: 3.8.2021

Communications/PR Intern – RLF Communications 3.8.2021  

Social Media Intern – Nassar Creative 3.8.2021  

Website Content & Marketing Intern – Gat Creek 3.8.2021  

Digital Content & Strategic Communications Intern – Action Greensboro 3.8.2021  

Marketing Intern – Thermaco  3.8.2021

Media & Communications Intern – Eastern Music Festival (EMF) 3.8.2021

DEADLINE: 3.25.2021

Communications Intern – Arch Capital Services LLC 3.25.2021  

Graphic Design Intern – Greensboro Chamber of Commerce – 3.25.2021 

Applying for internships through the Fellows Program is a 2-step process:

  1. Apply to the Fellows Program, which requires a list of professional references. 
  2. Once you apply to the Fellows Program, you will be given a link to access our internship job board. You can then apply to any and all internships that interest you and that you are qualified for. 

We’ll continue to post internships through March. Once you submit your Fellows Program application, you’ll receive notifications when new internships are posted in your area(s) of interest. The earlier you submit this application, the more internships you’ll have access to!

You can view the internship opportunities before applying here. This page is just for viewing available internships, you must complete the Fellows Program application to receive the link to the internship job board.

If you accept an internship through the Campus Greensboro Fellows Program, you become a Fellow and in addition to your internship, you will attend several events, trainings, and workshops with a cohort of high-achieving peers. It is an amazing way for you to build your network, differentiate yourself, and enhance your career opportunities. Check out this short video to learn more about what it is like to be a Fellow!
For more information or any questions about the 2021 Fellows Program, email Caroline Dean Glover at cdeanglover@actiongreensboro.org

Launch Greensboro Presents Capital Connects 2021

A signature showcase event, running for over 18 years, Capital Connects provides connections to entrepreneurs seeking capital for their company. Startups presenting at past events have raised over $15 million from local investors.

Event Details

Entrepreneurs “compete” with 2-minute or 6-minute pitches (depending on stage) for $10,000 in prize money and additional in-kind awards.

The 5th “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” will be announced.

Networking with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

Register to Attend

Rice Business Plan Competition

The second virtual and 21st annual of the Rice Business Plan Competition will be happening in just a few short months!

We’re excited to host this event in the midst of a trying time—a chaotic start to 2021, Covid-19, a new semester, limited time on campus, zoom fatigue and the list could go on. With that in mind and to ensure students have the time they need to apply, we are extending the application deadline to Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST.


Why participate in #RBPC21? Plenty of reasons:

Set yourself apart from other student-led ventures – Get in-depth mentoring to prepare you for the event – Pitch to investors who are looking for their next early-stage deal – Have multiple opportunities to showcase your startup to a wide audience – Receive real-time, informative feedback and guidance from sector specialists – Join a network of 700+ RBPC alumni who have collectively raised $2.675+ billion in funding.

Not a student?

Make sure your university is represented at #RBPC21 and eligible startups have the opportunity to win more than $1 MILLION in prizes.

Encourage a student startup to apply today at rbpc.rice.edu!

Rice Business Plan Competition—world’s largest and richest student startup competition
Virtual: April 6-9, 2021

· Full details on applying are here.

· Go directly to the application and set up an account here.

· See the benefits of competing here.

If you would like updates on the competition, make sure you’re confirmed on our list here.

TCU Neeley School of Business; Values and Ventures Competition

Virtual for 2021, with exciting new elements and more chances to win.

TCU Neeley School of Business
Values and Ventures® Competition
April 14, 2021

Rewarding undergraduate students as both innovators and investors. Innovators pitch your own business plans and act as investors in other teams, choosing who you think will advance.

More chances to win. Each finalist has a 25% chance to win at least $2,500.

Committed to conscious capitalism. All business plans must make a profit while making a difference.


The Entrepreneur Personality – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

The Draper Competition

Online event | April 5-9, 2021
Application Deadline: Feb 26

Did you hear?

The Draper Competition has been ranked #8 on the list of top collegiate entrepreneurship competitions in the country!
The annual Draper Competition is an opportunity for undergraduate womxn entrepreneurs to showcase their talents as thinkers, makers and founders.

Through multiple rounds of competition – survey, executive summary and 90-second pitch video; track-specific Semi-Finalist presentations; and final investor pitches – undergraduate womxn demonstrate their understanding of a problem, why the problem requires a new venture to address it, and how their venture presents the best solution to the problem.

Grand Prize = $25,000 + scholarship to Draper University
Total Cash Prize Pool = $100,000

The competition is open to current undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions.


Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Founding Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, and Founder and Inaugural Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center won the Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) alongside the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at MIT who was also awarded the Legacy Award.

Global Remote Internships

The International Programs Center (IPC) is happy to announce that we are offering UNCG students the opportunity to take part in Global Remote Internships for the spring 2021 semester. IPC has partnered with ISA/Worldstrides to offer these exciting opportunities for students. However, it is important that students act quickly as the priority deadline to apply for these internships for spring 2021 is November 15th. For more information about these programs:  go.uncg.edu/global.internship   Interested students can get started by attending one of our three advising sessions: Tuesday, November 10th at 3:00. Click here to join. Thursday, November 12th at 2:00. Click here to join Friday, November 13th at 3:00. Click here to join.

She Can, We Can Be an Entrepreneur Everywhere coming Sept/Oct 2021

On behalf of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program Advisory Board, we cordially invite you to speak at the “She Can, We Can Be an Entrepreneur Everywhere” symposium. The event is planned for the September/October timeframe from 1:00-6:00 pm at the Elliott University Center on the University of North Carolina Greensboro campus. The event is part of a two-year celebration of the Women’s Bicentennial Vote. The exact date will be announced in January 2021. We invite speakers from the Creative Industries, Education Entrepreneurship, Family Business, International Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Sports Entrepreneurship, and Science, Technology, and Innovation Entrepreneurship.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Despite the economic crisis, Wayfair has seen an 84 percent sales spike, leading them to profitability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine have also dealt with unexpected challenges, from hundreds of layoffs in February to employee-staged protests outside Wayfair’s office in June.

These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they’re navigating turbulent times.

Click here to listen

Berkman Foundation Funding Opportunities

The Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation, Inc.®, announces funding opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year. In the past four years, the Foundation has provided more than $300,000 in scholarships. Applications for scholarships are open yearly from May 1 to August 31, and awardees are announced by November 30. More information on the award categories and detailed eligibility requirements can be found at the Foundation website (berkmanfoundation.org/foundation). Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are either seeking a degree at an AACSB accredited institution.

S. Veteran Scholarships – open to U.S. Military Veterans pursuing a degree at an AACSB accredited institution during the next academic year in any major (graduation no sooner than May 2021). Click here to apply.

Entrepreneurship Everywhere event covered by Fox 8 News

The Entrepreneurship Everywhere event hosted by Market America, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism Department, on February 13, 2020, was covered by Fox  8 News who filmed the panel discussion during the event.

The Next Big Idea podcast by Dr. Channelle James with a special message for our students from Dr. Dianne Welsh

I-Corps Program Participates

LaunchUNCG is actively looking for innovative participants UNCG I-Corps program.

I-Corps provides grant funding and training to help faculty, students, staff, and alumni improve upon their research, innovation, or business idea.

The Greensboro I-Corps Program is open to UNCG + NCAT Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

For more information and to apply click here or contact Justin Streuli at jtstreul@uncg.edu.

20 Years Near UNCG

Congratulations to Stoel Burrowes, one of our first 3 Entrepreneurship Fellows, on his retirement.

20 Years Near UNCG

National Library Association – Steve Cramer

Congratulations to Steven Cramer, Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Business & Economics Librarian for winning his 2nd national award from the National Library Association (ALA/RUSA)

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award 2020 – Marc Ashley

Entrepreneurship Everywhere 2020 Recap

Family Firm Institute Announces 2019 Achievement Awards in the Field of Family Enterprise

Barbara Hollander Award to Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D., UNC Greensboro. The Barbara Hollander Award was created to honor the late founder and first president of FFI by perpetuating her profound interest in family business and her love for education and learning.

Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D., is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Entrepreneurship Programs at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. An FFI Fellow, she is a recognized scholar in women-owned businesses and franchising. In 2015 she held the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe. With more that 150 publications in the field, Dianne is also the chair of the FFI Academic Awards Best Dissertation Committee.


The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program implements creative classroom learning by blending innovation and entrepreneurship across campus.  Within the 50 plus cross-listed courses, students develop concept models, feasibility studies, business plans, and implementation plans for businesses and innovative ventures.  Students learn how to start/grow a business and to be creative/innovative in any organization, profit or nonprofit.

  • Entrepreneurship major for 4 courses or an Entrepreneurship minor for 3 courses if you are a Marketing major-double count any one of 5 ENT/MKT courses.

-Dr. Dianne Welsh, Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program, was named the NC Board of Governors Teaching Award winner then link the article.


Dr. Dianne Welsh serves on the advisory board for  the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference-attended in Stockholm where UNCG is a member school.