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`”Connecting students with mentors who have the right levels of expertise is really helpful. I think that’s what made this experience so much more beneficial. The platform itself is super efficient. But for me, as a student, I think the quality of people and consistent communication was the biggest appeal and the reason why I will continue to use the system again and recommend it to other student-entrepreneurs. I’m going to make sure they know about Ask an Innovator.”
Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of Miss EmpowHer
“The opportunity to receive mentoring is the reason I came to UNC. I thought Ask an Innovator was super easy. You just fill out the online form and then get an answer by having someone reach out to me within 36 hours. In my case, I was able to easily schedule a meeting with my mentor. She helped me understand the pros and cons of each option and, more importantly, think through how I approach each one as well as the next steps and tools I need to follow through..”
PhD. student of philosophy in psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill
“I was looking for entrepreneurs to talk with and get feedback on how they run their businesses. Ask an Innovator was user friendly and it didn’t take too long to submit my request nor receive feedback. From my experience, one of the few good things that has come out of the pandemic is being able to connect with more people through virtual meetings, having one-on-ones with different people and learning from their experiences.”
Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of ANTE
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“Hello, there! My name is Jane and I’m a first year at UNC that is majoring in physics and planning to pursue an Eship minor.
I’m currently working on developing a physical product. I would love advice from Innovators or help identifying resources or programs UNC offers that could help with this venture, particularly the manufacturing aspects.
Thank you so much!”
“Hello Innovators – I’m Bill, a senior majoring in accounting. With the shortened schedule, online classes and difficult job market, I am totally stressed out. I fear that after all of my hard work, I’m still not going to be able to find a job.
I would love to get some advice about what I can do to best position myself to get a good job in my field. I would particularly like to hear from alumni that graduated during down economic times. I really appreciate your guidance (and support).
“Hi! My name is Willow and I’m a rising sophomore at UNC studying computer science. I came up with an idea for an app that would help college athletes in all sports, at all levels, profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL).
I have written a rough, but detailed business plan with my idea, but I am not sure where my next step should be. I’m hoping to get some advice from entrepreneurs who were once in my shoes!
Thanks in advance.”
“Hi, I am Gloria, a senior majoring in marketing. I work part time at a firm that helps clients drive positive health behavior change.
We are starting a new contract with an org that will probably require us to subcontract with other people/orgs. What needs to be in place in order to do that effectively and safely? And what insurance is recommended?
Thank you for your assistance!”
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