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Ever dream of graduating from Kenan Flagler and joining the milieu of freshly minted MBAs sprinkled across middle management roles throughout corporations around the world? Then this club is not the one for you. But if you want to take risks, be part of ideas that could change the world, and lead your own company someday soon, then this IS the home for you.
The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital club is to provide that rare brand of business leader, the lifeblood of the US economy, with the resources and opportunities required to succeed along the path to the C-suite.
Matt Dallhoff - President
Matt is a former engineer turned Accenture Consultant turned Entrepreneur-in-training. He is passionate about the accessible design industry (think wheel chairs and prosthetics) and was particularly drawn to Chapel Thrill for its health focus, budding startup community, and because Andy Griffith went here. Wahoowa, and Go Heels!
Ray Jang - EVP
Ray Jang was born and raised in California, spending 25 years calling it home before finally moving to North Carolina. He is an avid hiker and scuba diver, and enjoys all things outdoors. Ray is currently working with two mobile tech related start-ups and holds a strong belief computer intellect will soon surpass human intellect.
Jim Kelly - VP of Business Development
Jim intends to start working on inventing something that will send him to early retirement. He is going to start tomorrow. He is also preparing to start preparing to climb Everest, run a marathon, and become a cage fighter.
Derek Williams - VP of Communications
Derek is a Durham, NC native and Duke University grad. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs access resources, particularly funding. Before business school, Derek worked at a nonprofit coaching entrepreneurs and underwriting microloans. After graduation Derek aims to begin a career in venture capital or working with startups. In his spare time, Derek likes to attend food truck rodeos, obsess about The Walking Dead, and go sneaker shopping.
Carson Monson - Entrepreneur in Residence for EVC and VCIC
Carson is originally from California, but has lived all over the US and Europe. He is fluent in four languages: English, Russian, Italian, and Ukrainian. He is also a major golf, basketball, and soccer enthusiast. At Kenan-Flagler, Carson seeks to be involved in all things VC. If you are interested in getting plugged into the VC scene, Carson is happy to give some suggestions on how to get started.
Brooke Lowrie - VP of Innovation & Campus Relations
Brooke hails from Ohio and previously spent time as an enginerd and IBM technology consultant. She came to UNC for weather, family, and the rich entrepreneurial atmosphere here in the Triangle. Brooke is currently working for a local food product start-up and is stoked to plan some awesome events for the club.
Monish Shah - VP of Finance & Fellowships
Monish is a die-hard soccer fan, his favorite club being Liverpool FC. He is a trekking and cycling enthusiast. He has dabbled with multiple ideas and is looking for 'the' idea to kickstart his entrepreneurial journey. Meanwhile he spent time helping start-ups by raising money for them and helping them acquire smaller businesses.
Michael Bickers- VP of Course Pack Operations
Michael is a knowledge seeker who enjoys bridging the worlds of creativity and process. With a degree in mechanical engineering, he spent four years doing new product development within the medical device industry. His pursuit of dual concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship is aimed at giving him the skills to identify unmet consumer needs and bring innovative solutions to market.
Sophia Alvarez - VP of Outreach & Admissions
Sophia holds degrees in international politics from Georgetown and NYU. Her roots lie in Miami, FL, but she has become an honorary New Yorker having spent the past 8 years in the Big Apple. Sophia is an experienced entrepreneur in the education technology (EdTech) space as an early employee of CourseHorse and Schoology, and is getting her MBA from KFBS to gain experience managing technology platforms.
Robert Greer - VP of Learning & Development
Robert is originally from Virginia, but moved North Carolina for work and stayed for the great weather and people. He is a college football and basketball enthusiast, and has taken a professional interest in the food and beverage industry. At Kenan-Flagler, Robert is concentrating in Marketing and Entrepreneurship focusing on growth executive coursework to apply to new product launches.
Career Treks – RTP, NY/Boston, West Coast
“Founders, Funders, & Futures” Speakers Series – Next year, our speaker series will feature 8 speakers selected from the entrepreneur, VC/PE, and C-Suite operator dimensions and will include at least one big name keynote speech (think Elon Musk) as the capstone of the lecture series.
Venture Capital Investment Challenge (VCIC) – The Global VCIC finals are held every April at Kenan Flagler. The EVC club co-sponsors and helps organize and run this most renowned business case competition each year. Students from top B-schools from across the world, including UNC, which placed third in 2014, form VC teams and evaluate and negotiate terms with established entrepreneurs drawn from across the world. Partners from VC firms across the US serve as judges. Watch out and get ready for the internal round in October to select the team that will represent UNC next year.
Coffee-for-Eight – This event organized by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan Institute brings together EVC club members with senior partners at VC firms for an hour of chatting and networking over coffee.
Field Trips – The club organizes field trips to visit local entrepreneurs and learn about their success stories. Last year, we visited Full Steam Brewery and Bronto Software, both located right here in the RTP.