Pannenberg, steering committee co-chairperson of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC, which starts today, said she hopes the week draws people of all kinds — whether they are working on the next startup to change the world or just have a remote interest in entrepreneurship itself.
“I think that there is a big stigma around entrepreneurship that it is only for people who have business ideas,” she said. “I really think that Global Entrepreneurship Week and the innovation community at UNC can really change the narrative around that and show that anybody with an idea can become an entrepreneur.”
Besides speaker panels, the week will include networking opportunities, startup showcases and competitions — including the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party — as well as free support services from community partners, where students can ask legal and accounting questions.
“The idea is to show that entrepreneurship is not just a buzzword out there, but is really a part of every sector in the economy, that it is part of every problem we are trying to solve,” said Mathilde Verdier, program coordinator of UNC’s Social Innovation Initiative and co-chairperson of the steering committee for UNC’s entrepreneurship week.