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2012 Highlights: Entrepreneurship

A photo of the everyday innovations exhibit

Everyday innovations

An entrepreneurship course challenges students to consider their ideas on both community and global levels to design ideas and prototypes which could have a significant impact for differently resourced areas of the world.

Quentin Robert and Alex Smereczniak are the third generation of students to own Wake Wash, a student laundry service.

Cleaning up with Wake Wash

What began five years ago as a classroom assignment to start and run a business for three days and $40 has become one of the hottest ventures among the next generation of entrepreneurs at Wake Forest.

Hannah Whitaker and Alex Gromer reload their vending machine which sells items like pencils, note cards and cough drops. Z. Smith Reynolds Library is the first location for their company, DeaconVend.

From class concept to venture

Five students who needed a group project turned their theories into an entrepreneurial venture. Their company, DeaconVend, caters to students who study late at night and need vital supplies.

Lee Lowden

Student launches phone buyback business

When sophomore Lee Lowden heard about the Apple iPhone 5 release, he wasn’t only thinking about how to get it, but also what to do with his old smartphone. His experience led to his own business, Buyback Boss, which receives support from WFU’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.


‘Love, Money and Work’

A social entrepreneur is someone who tries to make things tomorrow better than they were today. That is the definition Jessica Jackley, perhaps best known as the co-founder of Kiva, an online microlending service, gave Wake Forest students, faculty and staff at a talk in Brendle Recital Hall.

Deepa Pakianathan, partner at Delphi Ventures, received the 2012 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award.

Excellence in Entrepreneurship

“You have to be a true visionary. It’s something that has to come from within,” said Deepa Pakianathan (MA ’90, PhD ’93), the 2012 recipient of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship award given at the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship annual awards banquet.

Caroline Hales

Borrow Me Pretty

A conversation on a summer’s night at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., doesn’t always change the course of your life. But for Caroline Hales (’13), that chance conversation led to the founding of her business, Borrow Me Pretty.

Tadhg O’Gara and David Smitherman

WFU team wins Elevator Competition

A company founded by a Wake Forest student and professor that developed a monitoring device to reduce back pain and promote good posture received a $10,000 boost for winning the grand prize in the 13th annual Elevator Competition hosted by the Schools of Business.

Deacon cake

Campus Cakes makes college sweeter

A group of young entrepreneurs at Wake Forest is setting out to make campus life a bit sweeter. Since 2010, Campus Cakes, an Internet-based business designed primarily to appeal to parents, has been delivering cakes and other baked sweets to students on campus.

(From left) Mike Papakonstantinou, Mari Ishibashi, Jake Graham, Lucy Lan, Kristina Durr, Mariama Holman, and Lisa Hong model T-shirts designed to generate more awareness about the Feb. 25 event.

The making of student entrepreneurs

For many students at Wake Forest, the road to an entrepreneurial outlook runs through Professor Lynn Book’s class on creativity and innovation, the foundational course for the interdisciplinary minor Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise. Lucy Lan, who with six other students organized this weekend’s TEDx conference, is one of those students. “I took Creativity and Innovation […]