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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.
Sriram Shankar - President
Sri came to KFBS following a long and distinguished career as a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. Prior to arriving at UNC, he was the program leader and group leader of a biotechnology research group in the Life Sciences division of a small R&D firm. There, Sri led a gamut of technology development activities, from ideation to funding, R&D, IP generation and protection, and technology commercialization. Sri’s interest in entrepreneurship was piqued by these efforts that later led him to co-found a small holding company that provided business and technical consulting services to its portfolio of early stage entrepreneurs in the bio- and nano-technology space. Sri was selected to be a Carolina Venture Fellow but he will instead be doing a corporate R&D strategy internship over the summer of 2014. In the interim, he continues to work with a local medical device start up company developing their go-to-market strategy. Along with leading the EVC club, Sri is also a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow where he works with the director of the Concierge Service for Entrepreneurs program to help connect MBA students with early stage entrepreneurs at UNC.
Jeff Henriod - Executive VP
After graduating from the University of Utah, Jeff joined Teach for America and taught 8th grade in Memphis for two years. While teaching, he started a curriculum resource startup, ReadNimble, and worked with 4.0 Schools, an educational technology accelerator in New Orleans. Jeff is passionate about entrepreneurship and has been very involved this year in startups, at UNC as well as in the Research Triangle Park. After business school, he hopes to join an educational technology company
Joe Bowman - VP of Finance
Prior to pursuing his MBA, Joe was a Financial Analyst at American Capital Strategies. While at American Capital, Joe evaluated corporate strategy and new product offerings for senior management. Prior to that, Joe was a Senior Accountant at The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for the accounting of Carlyle’s largest fund, Carlyle Partners V, L.P. Joe holds a B.S.B.A. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Cameron Guice - VP of Communications
Cameron, who is a native of Louisiana, started his first business as a toddler selling produce harvested from his parent’s garden door-to-door with a wagon. As a teenager in Charlotte NC, he acquired the assets of a local landscaping firm with his brother and operated the business until he graduated from high school. Cameron graduated from NC State University in 2008 with a BS in Construction Engineering & Management. Before joining UNC, Cameron was an Assistant Project Manager for Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, the 32nd largest general contractor in the country. As an APM, he managed the construction budgets and schedules for two projects totaling $90M, after working as an Estimator to create project budgets and schedules for over fifteen projects. While in the MBA Program, Cameron continues to work as the CFO of Olly Oxen, LLC, a start-up that he co-founded with his brother and sister in 2011. Olly Oxen manufactures and sells collegiate themed apparel. As a Carolina Start-up Fellow, Cameron plans to work for Olly Oxen full-time in summer of 2014 to implement a new sales and marketing strategy and finalize plans to launch a non-collegiate themed “Company Collection” in 2015.
Yvonne Jackson - VP of Corporate Relations
Before attending graduate school, Yvonne was the Digital Marketing Manager for Cintas Corporation and founder of CoSolutions LLC, a digital marketing agency that provided marketing and web development services for entrepreneurs and small business owners. She spent her early years as an AutoCAD and Network Engineering Designer within the manufacturing and telecom industries and taught herself web design purely out of her own passion. Upon arriving in Chapel Hill, Yvonne has immediately integrated herself into the entrepreneurial community. She serves as the Marketing Manager for Launch Chapel Hill, the area’s premier business accelerator. Yvonne will spend her summer at Bank of America as a Tech MBA and, upon graduation, plans to pursue technology project management with a focus on innovation processes.
Daniel Hudspeth - VP of Careers & Learning
Before coming to UNC, Daniel worked as a school administrator for an urban charter school in Washington, DC and later as the Chief Operating Officer of PEFNC, a statewide non-profit focused on improving the number of quality educational options available for families in North Carolina. At PEFNC, Daniel helped launch the North Carolina Charter School Accelerator, the first and only comprehensive charter school leadership development program in the state. Daniel, who is originally from Florida, attended Davidson College, from where he graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. He currently lives in southwest Durham with his wife, Sarah (a middle school teacher) and two children, Evelyn and Charles. Daniel is a Carolina Venture Fellow at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and is currently a Young Entrepreneur in Residence at NC IDEA/IDEA Fund Partners in Durham. He also serves as a non-profit board fellow with DurhamCares, and serves on the advisory board for KIPP Durham Public Charter School.
Jared Molton- VP of External Affairs
Jared has been an entrepreneur his entire life. He started his first business when he was only 15 years old, and spearheaded the resurgence of a small retail business in New York City after college. Jared is interested in Venture Capital financing, specifically in the tech field. He states that he ‘is highly excited by the opportunity to connect MBA students with VC firms and angel groups’.
Baris Guzel- VP of VCIC Case Competition
Baris studied Industrial Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, and Business Administration and Economics at Kaiserslautern University of Technology on an EU scholarship. He also holds a Master of Engineering Management with a focus on Technology Management & Entrepreneurship from Duke University. Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler for his MBA, Baris worked for the largest Turkish bank as an inspector and audited bank branches across Europe. In addition, Baris worked for a Venture Capital company in Hamburg, Germany, and an angel investors group in Palo Alto, CA. Baris currently leads the coordination and running of the Venture Capital Investment Challenge (VCIC), the annual flagship business case competition held each year at UNC. The VCIC brings together student teams from across the world, selected through multiple regional events, who compete as VCs to evaluate entrepreneur business plans and negotiate deal terms.
Sharif Ibrahim VP of Start Up Fellows
Sharif was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Information, Science, and Technology. Sharif’s first job out of college was a business – Deli Delicious – that he started with his mother and father and which was inspired by his love of gourmet food. Deli Delicious is an upscale cheese shop and quick service restaurant that features foods from all over the world – from imported cheeses to French breads and homemade gelato. Sharif worked with Deli Delicious for many years before coming to UNC. He recounts that it was during this time that he realized his love for business and entrepreneurship, which brought him to Kenan Flagler. In Sharif’s own words, “I have yet to find an equivalent job that parallels the passion and drive of an entrepreneurial environment”.
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.