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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.
John Huang - President
John is from Irvine, California and quickly developed a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, working for various startups and small businesses. Having been on the operating side of startups, he is hoping to transition to the venture capital where he can actively help many startups grow and develop. He spent his summer working with Durham-based IDEA Fund Partners and hopes to continue to contribute to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. In his free time, John enjoys playing tennis, golf, relaxing on the beach, and exploring new restaurants and food.
Alex Cooper - EVP
Alex Cooper is originally from the Northeast, moving south of the Mason-Dixon for the first time for school. He was in the startup world for almost 3 years before school, most recently owning his own company that conducted analytics for startups. While he’s planning to go corporate after school, he’s confident entrepreneurship will call his name again in the future.
Mike Griffin - VP of Business Development
Mike is originally from Ohio but quickly moved to North Carolina after undergrad for the year-round golf weather and to pursue his career in manufacturing engineering. Looking to scratch an entrepreneurial itch, he is focused on becoming a growth executive within an early startup and has ambitions to cofound his own company in the future. Mike is an adventure enthusiast who tends to spend more weekends traveling and golfing than in Chapel Hill.
Charles Feuss - VP of Communications
Rachael Paolino - Entrepreneur in Residence for EVC and VCIC
Mary Margaret Milley - VP of Innovation & Campus Relations
Before coming to business school, Mary Margaret worked in Communications and Policy for the State of Texas and BP. She knew this wasn’t going to be enough but didn’t know exactly why yet. As soon as Mary Margaret arrived at KFBS, she went the complete opposition direction and jumped head first into following her passion of mental health and entrepreneurship. Motivated to bring change to the last frontier of healthcare and to knock down hundreds of years of stigma, she Co-Founded Viyb Health. Viyb Health wants to transform your mental health journey completely but is currently focused on connecting trauma patients with trauma specialists. Loves mountains, capitalism, being American and dogs.
Alex Waters - VP of Finance & Fellowships
Brian Dienes - VP of Course Pack Operations
Brian is originally from Jacksonville, Florida but quickly moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Florida to pursue a career in finance. After learning that he has a passion for business creation and collaborative cultures, he is leaving his investment banking background behind to pursue the entrepreneurial landscape. Outside of innovation, Brian enjoys golf, basketball, chess, and socially active events.
Boshi Li - VP of Outreach & Admissions
Carrie Carson - VP of Learning & Development
Carrie is originally from a small town just outside of Philadelphia, and moved to the city to get a degree in biochemistry. From there, she moved out to Los Angeles to work across microbiology, clinical operations, manufacturing, and business development. Carrie has a strong passion for the healthcare and particularly in helping innovate the drug development process to bring treatments to patients quickly and effectively. She also thoroughly enjoys rock climbing and playing the ukulele.
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