Coles Annual Report 2019-2020

Celebrating Student Achievements Between launching innovative new businesses, traveling across the world to share research, or receiving an invitation to study at one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools, Coles College of Business students continue to shine as brightly outside the classroom as they do within. Entrepreneurship Thrives at the Coles College The Coles College is dedicated to teaching Kennesaw State University students – regardless of major – the skills successful entrepreneurs use to bring their ideas to fruition. An entrepreneurial spirit can help any student achieve their goals, whether they want to start their own business or thrive in an existing company. Entrepreneurs come in many forms, and the Coles College supports them all. STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS LAUNCH GIG ECONOMY PAYMENT APP

Participants in Kennesaw State OWL Venture Competition

Coles Scholar Participates in Harvard Business Leadership Program Bradley Heath, a student in the prestigious Coles Scholars program for top-performing business students, participated in a weeklong residential education program hosted by Harvard University. The Summer Venture in Management program gives participants a broader understanding of challenges business leaders face, the many dimensions of the business world, and the impact they can have on their community and the world. Heath, who moved to Atlanta from the United Kingdom while in high school, was proud to represent Kennesaw State next to students from institutions like Yale and Columbia. Student Leader Represents KSU at Forbes Under 30 Summit Ambrielle August spent a week in 2019 in Detroit at the Forbes Under 30 Summit as one of 1,000 Under 30 Scholars. In addition to free admission to the summit – which featured presenters like Jon Oringer, the founder of Shutterstock; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL; and championship tennis player Serena Williams – August also attended an evening event with major investors. An information systems and marketing student, August is the former senior vice president Delta Sigma Pi’s Nu Pi chapter, worked as a resident assistant at the Austin Residence Complex, and was part of the Odyssey Peer Mentoring program.

PH.D. Student Invited to Exclusive Doctoral Consortium in Munich Ph.D. student Jason Williams was one of 40 doctoral students from around the world selected to participate in the 2019 International Conference of Information Systems Doctoral Consortium in Munich, Germany. The consortium provides students the opportunity to present IS research to their peers and gain valuable feedback on their dissertations. Williams presented his work on helping employees better take advantage of technology in their workplaces

young people to pursue their dreams. He invited some of his most popular guests, such as Mike Russell, president of ETS Solutions, Mecca Day, owner of Dayfit Personal Fitness, and successful YouTube personality Kayla Price, to speak with students about leadership and entrepreneurship. STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR CREATES SAFE BINDING ALTERNATIVE FOR TRANS COMMUNITY Morgan Turner, a student in the entrepreneurship program, won the Kennesaw State Owl Venture competition in Spring 2020 with his business, Self-Made Prosthetics, which is a technology company that builds custom-made prostheses to non-surgically modify the bodies of transmasculine individuals assigned female at birth. The products allow customers experiencing chest dysphoria to align their body image with their gender identity. While the winner traditionally takes their pitch to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Georgia InVenture Competition, the COVID-19 unfortunately canceled those plans. However, Morgan continued to develop his product.

Electrical engineering student Caleb Gilbert partnered with the Robin and Doug Entrepreneurship Center to launch his new business venture, a gig economy payment app called Esgro. Gilbert won the Igniting New Companies pitch competition in Spring 2019, and the EC spent the summer helping him refine the product, develop a business plan, build Esgro’s brand, and research the application’s viability in the marketplace. He also leveraged the EC’s support to secure meetings with additional investors. SUCCESSFUL LEADERS SHARE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES AT ENACTUS PANEL Entrepreneurship student Christian “CeeJ” Brown hosted the Your Visionary Leadership Panel in October 2019 as part of a fall summit organized by social entrepreneurship student organization Enactus. Brown is host of the Your Visionary Podcast, where he interviews local entrepreneurs to encourage

Bradley Health completed Harvard Summer Venture in Management



CeeJ Brown, host of Your Visionary Podcast

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