The event, held April 20, 2017 on the campus of Appalachian State University is hosted by the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship (TICFE) in the Walker College of Business. Ten innovative students, pre-selected from a pool of applicants, pitched their best business ideas for a chance to win prize money and boasting rights.
In this day and age, you might think there’s nothing new under the sun, no way to reinvent the wheel. Inventors beg to differ: Driven by desires to meet a need, find a fix, make a buck, or simply scratch the creative itch, they’re intent on bringing something novel and useful into existence—something that’s never quite existed before.
Searching the U.S. Patent Office’s database, we found thousands of inventors from Western North Carolina. Bona fide innovators all, many toil in obscurity, while a few make it big. What they all have in common is the spirit of creation—a mix of imagination, intelligence, practicality, design savvy, and hope. Meet five local inventors who can relish the rare thrill of saying, “I made that.” And two of the five are from Appalachian State!
Not an accidental tourist, but an accidental entrepreneur, Brandon Adcock, CEO of Direct Digital LLC, is just one of the many student success stories coming out of the Walker College of Business and — quite by accident, it turns out — a product of the Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit offered each year by Appalachian State University.
“With our network, this region is ripe for opportunity—the key is making connections and working collaboratively.” In addition to advancing job creation and retention through its Revolving Loan Fund, SkyLine is broadening its reach to partner with strategic-minded organizations to create economic opportunity regionwide, including Chambers of Commerce and entities representing business and public/higher education.
By Allegra Korver. May, 2016. BOONE, NC
Like many of the world’s good ideas, Noah Koch’s began as a problem—a big problem. A problem that found him, his dad, and two other guys climbing Mount Rainier with the wrong gear at the wrong price at the wrong time. It was all wrong, because the gear was not their own; and it was not their own, because transporting outdoor gear across the country is really expensive.