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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.
What makes us unique?
- We are our own startup: As the club that preaches the value of starting businesses and harnessing innovation, we found it only fitting to walk the walk and so we founded our own revenue stream, becoming the first entirely self-sufficient club on campus.
- Non-traditional internships: Not only does this revenue stream cover our club events and activities, but allows us to offer summer stipends for students to forego traditional internships in favor of building a company from the ground up, working for a startup, or interning for a VC
- Innovating throughout campus: We are well connected with the greater UNC community of talent and resources, allowing us to work with researchers and scientists to bring findings to market, to build physical prototypes of our ideas with 3D printers and Maker’s Spaces, and engage with all sorts of talented and successful speakers
- Paving our own way: There is no set career path for EVC and that excites us; our careers are our own personal startups, and each of us in the EVC Club are dedicated to helping one another find success and satisfaction as we chart our entrepreneurial paths