We wrapped up the 2016 Discovery Forum series in Hickory with six exceptional social entrepreneurship teams! This year, we connected with two new partners, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba Valley Community College to bring our pitch competition to the Hickory area! We were so pleased with the turnout of both participants and attendees, and LRU’s Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship brought a cohort of a dozen German visitors (including two pitch teams!) to share their unique insights.
We’re thrilled to present the three winners of the Hickory Discovery Forum:
- The Yarn Tree is a scarf company that will help support and sustain homeless or needy people by providing them with classes teaching them how to arm knit scarves. The Yarn Tree will then buy the scarves back from the people with adequate compensation for their time.
- E.A.T. is a community-based, non-profit organization that aims to mentor youth and inspire them to serve their communities.
- “Ich schaffe das!” – I make it! – strives to integrate refugees into the market for nursing care for elderly in Germany.
This event brought a particular challenge; one of our three winners, chosen by popular vote, will be returning to Germany next week, and will likely not be able to return stateside for the BB&T Leadership Symposium this March. Tonight’s runner-up, Social Sunday, will be traveling to Raleigh this spring in their stead. A little about Social Sunday:
- Social Sunday is a day every year for giving to others through the practice of Social Entrepreneurship. We have Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday for spending on ourselves, let’s take that open Sunday to harness the power of Social Entrepreneurship for the less fortunate.
Congratulations to all of the wonderful young entrepreneurs who shared their innovative projects and ideas, and we’re so grateful to the many members of the community who came out to support social entrepreneurship. We’re heartened by the work you’re doing in your local communities, and we’re confident NC is in your good hands. We can’t wait to see where you’re headed next!
For more information on the BB&T Discovery Forum series, visit emergingissues.org/DF.