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Innovo Application 2015-2016

Interested in joining the Innovo Scholar Society? Apply using the form!


A Collegiatepreneur’s Guide to GoFundMe

A Sponsorship Tool for Collegiateprenuers

This past February, I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. (more…)

Innovo Pitch Competition

Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community is welcome to engage with JCSU student entrepreneurs as they compete to win $2500 to develop their business idea the afternoon of March 10th from 2-5pm in the New Science Center Auditorium. From robotics in social enterprise, to mentorship for youth, to a computer app, to a campus-based service, this year’s idea entries represent a range of disciplines. Register here!


Why Not Start-Up?

by: Megan McLean

Have you ever walked into a room and scoped it out to get a feel for it? You walk in, quickly skim and glance over the people and make your preconceived notion of how the day or night of the event will be. Typically, it’s based on the attendees’ style of dress, body language, event decor, and overall vibe that let you know if you’ll be inspired or bored out of your mind. But have you ever walked into a room and mentally saw a room full of ideas? To know that everyone in the room has a budding idea that could possibly be the next cure, the next major Tech giant, or latest invention that will change mankind in our era. If you have not, then it’s a given you’ve never been to Charlotte Start-Up Weekend.

Have a Business Idea?

Applications have closed, and the event was a success! Thanks to our sponsors, contestants, and the Innovo Scholar Society!

You could win up to $2500!! Enter to win and be selected to pitch your business idea at the Innovo Pitch Competition at Johnson C. Smith University where the top prize will be up to $2500 to launch or improve your business!

3 Research Tools for Entrepreneurs Available at your Local Library

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.”

–Sidney Sheldon

Let’s be honest, if Library Day was your favorite day in elementary school, then your childhood never experienced a dull moment. From book fairs, reading time on the carpet with your librarian, and competing with classmates in gaining Accelerated Reading (AR) points, the Library was THE hotspot for creating imaginative and creatively brilliant minds. Even our friend, from PBS kids’ hit-show, Arthur had us hype singing and dancing to get us to visit our school andlocal  libraries. (more…)

Lessons Learned: “Learn to Fail”

“‘We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure—all your life…One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” –John W. Garder   (more…)

Innovo Represents at Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Innovo Scholar Society’s Pitch Team attended the University of North Carolina’s 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Conference February 11th. The event, which was held at sister HBCU, North Carolina A&T, featured home grown entrepreneurship in North Carolina, including last year’s winner of the undergraduate pitch competition, a panel for administrators on building on-campus social entrepreneurship programs, and the student pitch competition. Scholars particularly enjoyed learning about Headbands of Hope and were inspired by the quality of student pitches. (more…)

Student Reflection: Radijah Hudson ImpactU

Radijah Hudson ’16, JCSU Math and Dance major reflects on her experience at Impact U, a local entrepreneurship incubator for college students.


Student Reflection: Life as a Federal Reserve Bank Intern

JCSU student Daniel Rocha Herrera spent his summer as an intern with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Herrera, a computer engineering major, secured the opportunity after Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond visited campus to find out why students chose to attend Johnson C. Smith University and why Innovo Scholars and Supporters participated in the program. Daniel reflects on his experience and shared it with Smith Institute.