Author: Jan I Szelkowski

Kings & Queens of Comedy Creator

Business mogul, Walter Latham is often referred to as “The King of Comedy,” as he has made an indelible imprint in the evolution, creation and impact of urban comedy throughout the world. He is credited with launching the careers of several award-winning actors and comedians including, Tyler Perry, Chris Tucker, Steve Harvey, Mo’Nique, Cedric “The Entertainer,” and the late Bernie Mac.

In 2012, Latham partnered with YouTube on an urban comedy channel. The channel brings urban comedy to digital programming, 24/7, a historic milestone for urban comedy. It features content from Latham’s past productions featuring Bernie Mac, Tyler Perry, Mo’Nique and others as well as new content from Michael Blackson, Broken Equipment Productions and Tara “Miss P” Powell.

To date, Latham’s productions have grossed over $200 million worldwide.

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Check-in and networking 5:00-5:30

Speaker 5:30-7:00 with Q & A

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Announcing the Winners!

March 22, 2016

UNCG Entrepreneur Day, this year brought 80+ entrepreneurs to the campus to share their stories, trials and successes with students across many varied disciplines. We had editors, historians, accountants, artists, chefs and bloggers – there was a multitude of career successes on campus, a great many of whom are alumni of UNCG.

All the entrepreneurial spirit of the day enhanced the presentation of the NCEC’s annual awards. Provost Dana Dunn bid welcome to a large gathering in the Virginia Dare Room and reflected on the importance of having that creative spirit in all fields of study.

Following the provost, NCEC Director, Justin Streuli announced the winners of the Forge Makership – a one year membership to the Forge Greensboro. With our partner Joe Rotondi, Executive Director of the Forge, we were able to present 3 memberships this year. The winners are:  Sarah Kim, Logan Lovin, and Ian Surman!

Jerry McGuire, retired Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, spoke a few minutes on his time at UNCG and was pleased to congratulate the finalists and the winner of the Entrepreneurial Student of the Year Award. Our finalists were Richard & Natalie Akashambatwa, and Larry Long Jr., Robin Moulton, and Malcolm Moore. The winner is Naomi Thomas with her efforts to encourage children especially young girls to study Computer science with Aspire IT.

Please congratulate our winners and finalists when you see them out and about!




1/20 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Tiffany Reynolds – Wednesday 1/20 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
1/31 – Applications due for UNCG Entrepreneur of the Year – Sunday 1/31
1/31 – Applications due for Forge Makership – Sunday 1/31
2/5-2/7 – GSOHacks Hackathon – Friday-Sunday 2/5-2/7 @ 4pm at GreenHill
2/17 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. David Congdon – Wednesday 2/17 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
3/3 – ExportUniversity 101 – Thursday 3/3 @ 8am at UNCG EUC
3/22 – UNCG Entrepreneur Day – Tuesday 3/22 at UNCG
3/22 – UNCG Entrepreneur of the Year Award Luncheon – Tuesday 3/22 @ 12pm at UNCG Alumni House
3/23 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Zim Ugochukwu – Wednesday 3/23 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
3/31 – Applications due for ThinkHouseU – Thursday 3/31
4/2 – ArtsRevolution – Saturday 4/2 @ 8am at Revolution Mill
4/20 – Entrepreneurial Journeys ft. Walter Latham – Wednesday 4/20 @ 5pm at HQ Greensboro
5/19 – ExportUniversity 201 – Thursday 5/19 @ 8am at UNCG EUC

Entrepreneurial Journeys

Doug Young has an impressive résumé as the founder and CEO of 12 technology companies, and has been involved in the strategic acquisition of 14 companies for certain portfolio companies. Some of the companies Young has been involved with include MCI Telecommunications, US West/Time Warner, Landmark Communications and 3M Corporation. Currently at Strategic Advisory Group, of which he is a co-founder and serves as president, Young provides corporations, entrepreneurs, professionals and non-profit organizations with senior-level strategic guidance and coaching.

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Free Cyber Security Conference

The NCEC is proud to be a resource partner for the Cyber Security for Small Business Conference to be held on October 31 in the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom at UNCG. This conference is presented free of charge for local small businesses by Sam’s Club and SCORE in association with the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Greensboro Partnership. This informative program will begin at 8:00 am with networking and a continental breakfast. Sessions on how to protect your business from cyber threats and crime from leading experts such as the NC Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Secure Designs, Inc., UNCG’s Dept. of Computer Science, and Tech Triad will continue through the day and conclude with a Panel discussion.  Lunch and parking at UNCG are also included.

More information can be found in the downloadable pdf here and at the Greensboro SCORE website

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Entrepreneurial Journeys

Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series October 21  at HQ Greensboro.


Check in: 5:00 – 5:30 Speaker from 5:30 – 6:30

Paula McGarrell is the founder and co-owner of You Time Solutions (YTS), a concierge service that helps busy people find more time and get more done at home, work, during a project or crunch time. YTS is one of the region’s founding concierge services, as well as the largest in the Triad. McGarrell has been a guest expert on WFMY News 2, and speaks on Time Management and Organization Personalities to venues such as Project Management Institute, Professional Women of Winston Salem, Biscuitville Corporation, Phillips School of Business at HPU, Western Carolina University, and the Greater Greensboro Society of Medical Alliance. McGarrell also serves as a mentor with The Queen’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk young women through mentor-internship and educational outreach.


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Spring 2 Minutes to Win It Results

Four entrepreneurial students walked away from the UNCG Alumni House with $2,000 in prizes on March 31st. They were the latest in a distinguished line of Greensboro-area students to conquer the 2 Minutes to Win It competition.

The contest, run by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, features 20 Greensboro-area students pitching their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of judges. Judges know nothing about the contestants, who have only two minutes to explain why their business concept deserves further development. First place winner receives $1,000, a guaranteed spot in Greensboro Partnership’s downtown Triad Startup Lab, as well as business, legal, and marketing consultations. Second place, third place, and Best Pitch winners are also eligible for spots in the Startup Lab and receive $500, $250, and $250, respectively.

1st: Clara Osmont – High Point University – Tattle Tail
2nd: Priyanka Ruparelia – PhD candidate – UNCG – Skin Spy
3rd: Taylor Mabe – PhD candidate – UNCG – Nano Flow
Best Presentation: Naomi Thomas – UNCG – My Tech life

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Student Entrepreneur Award

The NCEC would like to congratulate Anthony Dellinger, the recipient of the first Jerry McGuire Student Entrepreneur Award.
The $1,000 award goes to a student or team that has displayed superb entrepreneurial achievement. Dellinger, who is pursuing a PhD in nanoscience, won for his patent-pending Organobait. The product is a synthetic bait for crustaceans that could revolutionize a struggling industry.
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