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Register Now to Attend SEAC 2015!

This conference is geared for those artists who are entering the realm of making a living as a creative entrepreneur as well as those looking to make a better living. There will be sessions directed at all forms of art, some are more specific to writers, some to performers, including music, dance and theater, others for visual artists who create with traditional methods of painting and sculpture and also sessions dedicated to technology and media.

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UNCG Scholarships through the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program (ECDP), see or contact Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Programs on campus, Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh,, 256-8507. Scholarships are available for UNCG faculty and students.

Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts 2015

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Registration will include a full day of conference sessions, lunch,
and a reception on Saturday.

Artist/Community: $60      ($75 at door)
Student Discount: $40      ($55 at door)

Please call the NCEC at 336-256-8649 for information about group discounts for groups of 10 or more or for questions about the conference.

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Saturday Events: Elliott University Center on the campus of UNCG.
Free parking is available in lot 7. This lot is located off Tate Street, behind
the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Friday events: Jim Gallucci Studio – 499 Industrial Avenue, Greensboro

Iron Pour: $15  (There is no charge to watch Iron Pour) Closed shoes are required for this event – boots are recommended.
BBQ Dinner $10

Alan Neely will speak on secrets to success Oct. 22 at UNCG

GREENSBORO – On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Greensboro entrepreneur Alan Neely will tell community members the story of how he successfully founded, developed, and sold his two companiesNew River Innovation and InvoiceLink. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the UNCG Entrepreneurial Journeys series.


Neely is an experienced entrepreneur with a broad background in technology. After starting his career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Neely held leadership positions within several companies, including Vanguard Cellular Systems and Volvo Truck Finance North America. He is known for his strengths in startups, leadership, strategic planning, technology design, and intellectual property protection. Neely has authored seven technology patents, and speaks regularly at entrepreneurial classes in the Duke Fuqua and UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA programs.


Neely will share his tale of success at 5:30 p.m. on the UNCG campus (Room 1214, Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building, 1111 Spring Garden St.). Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to register at A networking session from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. will precede the 45-minute program, and a Q&A session will follow it. Light refreshments will be served, and free parking is available near the venue, on Forest Street, Oakland Avenue or behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum.


Entrepreneurial Journeys provides monthly informal, interactive opportunities for community members and students to hear first-hand how businesses are created. Previous speakers have included Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester, founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company; Dennis Quaintance, CEO and chief design officer at Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants; Jenny Fulton and Ashlee Furr, founders of Miss Jenny’s Pickles; Roland Johnson, founder of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Judy Miller, president of RSVP Communications, Inc.; Dr. Joe L. Dudley, Sr. of Dudley Beauty Corp; Ged King, CEO of the Sales Factory + Woodbine; and internationally renowned entrepreneurs Michael Strong and Magatte Wade.




The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides co-curricular and outreach programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and beyond. For more information, visit the NCEC’s website at or call 336-256-8649.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive, and engaged community where learning is carried forward to Do something bigger altogether. Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving more than 18,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.

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2 Minutes Deadline Extended to Oct. 22

This fall, the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is holding its fourth annual “2 Minutes to Win It” business idea contest, open to full-time students at UNCG, NC A&T, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College, Elon University, Guilford Tech and High Point University.

Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $250 for best presentation. The first-place winner also gets a guaranteed spot in the Greensboro Partnership’s Triad Startup Lab, co-working space at the new Greensboro Partnership Co//ab, consultations with an attorney and business adviser, and more.

Entering is easy. Students develop original ideas for any type of business or social entrepreneurship venture. The only exceptions are that ideas cannot be franchises or something that has already been started by the student. Students can enter multiple times, but all ideas must be submitted online at by Oct. 22.

“This contest is about action. Students can unleash their creativity and open their ideas to expert feedback, plus get the chance to walk away with cash and resources to turn it into a reality,” says Justin Streuli, director of the NCEC. “We try to make entering very simple. Students just need to come up with a catchy name, a brief description of products or services offered, a profile of target customers, and reasons why the idea will be successful.”

Following the submission deadline, a team of independent judges will select the best 20 ideas. The judges will review all entries in a blind process where only the idea itself is revealed. “The ideas are what matter, not the student’s year in school, background, major, or any other information,” Streuli says. “The majority of finalists are non-business students, proving that entrepreneurial ideas come from everywhere.”

Contest finalists will be invited to attend a workshop to get tips on how to make an elevator pitch. Then, on Nov. 19, the 20 finalists will gather at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), where each finalist will have two minutes to pitch his or her idea to a group of community entrepreneur judges. Winners will be announced at a reception on the same day. After the reception, Blanca Cobb, body language expert and founder of TruthBlazer, will speak as part of the NCEC Entrepreneurial Journeys Speaker Series.

The “2 Minutes to Win It” contest culminates during Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide, yearly celebration encouraging community members to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Last year, over two dozen Global Entrepreneurship Week events took place in Greensboro alone.

NCEC Announces New Director Justin Streuli

Justin Streuli has been named director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG  effective June 2.

“We are excited about Justin moving into this important role,” said Bryan Toney, UNCG’s new associate vice chancellor for economic development and previous center director. “He is passionate about developing entrepreneurs and creating a more vibrant startup scene on our campuses and throughout the region. His involvement in local initiatives and his relationships with many key players will allow him to really hit the ground running.”

Streuli will work to further develop UNCG’s role in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating new and expanded opportunities for community members and students at all of the local colleges and universities. He will oversee existing NCEC programs, including Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS), the 2 Minutes to Win It business idea competition, Entrepreneurial Journeys, Entrepreneur Day and the annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

“Our goal is to advance the relationship local colleges and universities have with the area’s entrepreneurs,” he said. “Working collaboratively, we will determine how we can best feed the local startup community and foster an action-oriented approach to growing startups among campus communities.”

Streuli most recently served as director of business development for Anomaly Squared in Greensboro, after that fast-growing marketing firm absorbed OpenLedge, the web development firm he cofounded. As an active startup evangelist in the burgeoning Triad startup community, Streuli played a leadership role in coordinating multiple Startup Weekends, organizing a local entrepreneurial meet-up called Shift, and serving on the board of Converge South, the Southeast’s largest technology conference.

Streuli previously worked at UNCG as a lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, a coordinator for the Spartan Startup Living Learning Community and a faculty adviser for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. He holds a Master of Business Administration from UNCG and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from N.C. State University.