October 2018 Monthly Update

October 2018 AWE monthly update

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the third monthly AWE (Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs) monthly update.

In this monthly update:

  1. About AWE
  2. AWEbassador Focus – Niharika Elety, Biomedical Engineering
  3. Programming and Dates
  4. Website and Media
  5. Happenings & Opportunities – lots of cool stuff!!
  6. Book Club in progress!
  7. Things that make you go…hmmmm…..
  8. Thought for the Month

About AWE

  • AWE supports female entrepreneurship at every stage of the journey through mentorship, community engagement, social networking and strategic skill-building.
  • AWE provides a building block towards a more equitable world
  • AWE is action-oriented
  • AWE is not content-specific
  • AWE engages positive female role models
  • AWE empowers women with the tools they will need to make a difference


AWEbassador focus!!

Niharika Elety, College of Engineering

Niharika Elety is a senior in Biomedical Engineering an an active member of the entrepreneurship community at NC State . She began her entrepreneurship journey by working at two local startups MEDIC  a medical device startup, and PARADIGM ID a design strategy startup. She currently has a fashion blog and hopes to create a sustainable fashion clothing company through her involvement with AWE. Through being an AWE ambassador, Niharika strives to empower and encourage women entrepreneurs everywhere to follow their dreams, make a difference and launch their companies.

AWE is so fortunate to have Niha on board, helping out with social media postings!

Come to our events and meet Niha in person!

Programming and dates

Here is what we have in store for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. We have tried to find topics that appeal to a diversity of student levels and interests. Of course, like any start-up, we may have to be adaptive and change things up occasionally, but we’ll give plenty of advance notice 🙂


Friday, October 19 Zen & The Art of the Startup Life (speaker Reid Miller)

7pm-9pm, Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall D, Free! Please register at our website

Friday, November 16 Money! Why do I need it? And… IP! Why should I care? (speakers Jesse Jones & Amy Parker)
Friday, December 7 Movie screening & pizza night (Dream Girl)
Friday, January 25 The Power of your Network (TBA)
Thursday, February 21 How do I get/become a mentor? (Dr Jennifer Stanigar)
Friday, March 22 Creativity & Entrepreneurship (Dr Gary Beckman)
Friday, April 26 End of Year Event (TBD)
Monthly, beg. October Book Club, led by Prof. Jenn Capps – “Pure Heart”

Times & locations will vary so we address diversity of scheduling and location, so for more information please use our resources outlined below. All events are FREE!!!!! But you will need to register through “Reporter”, the NC State registration center for non-credit activities.

Website and social media

The main way to access information about AWE, register for events, and find helpful links to other entrepreneurship activities at NC State will be through our website. You can also follow us on social media!

And of course, for all things Entrepreneurial at NC State, visit: https://entrepreneurship.ncsu.edu/

News & Announcements

  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Week – This takes place October 12-20, 2018. We are so fortunate to have Reid Miller of Reid Miller Apparel, speaking on “Zen and the Art of the Startup Life”, October 19th, 7 pm in Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library on Centennial Campus, to help celebrate this week. It will be AWEsome! See website for registration.
  • Ladies who Launch – AWE will be co-sponsoring this event, also during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week. Details will soon be available at https://entrepreneurship.ncsu.edu/

And…one more thing during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week – the Institute for Nonprofits presents COMx: Women Driving Social Impact Through Entrepreneurship, Oct. 18th, 5pm-7:30pm, Google Fiber Space, 518 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603.

And something just AFTER WEW!…

  • Please join the NC State, Women in Engineering  Program for Dinner Dialogues. Enjoy an evening of complimentary dinner and networking with fellow engineering students, industry guests and College of Engineering faculty.  Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Daniels Hall 218). RSVP by visiting: 2018 WIE Dinner Dialogues RSVP

If you’re a NC State student, and you didn’t get a chance to volunteer for AWE, here is another wonderful opportunity to be the voice of student entrepreneurship at this great university: NC State Entrepreneurship Ambassador Program (nominations due Sept. 14!)

  • NC IDEA Seeking 2019 Startup Analyst Fellows
    • NC IDEA’s Startup Analyst Fellowship program consists of a year-long/two-semester fellowship. This program is targeted at 1st year MBA students (and into their 2nd year), but students in other related programs are welcome to apply.
    • This program is ideal for students interested in 1) having an investment career with an angel/venture capital firm or 2) entrepreneurially minded students looking to enhance their knowledge of the startup landscape in North Carolina and/or gain a better understanding of how young ventures are evaluated by investors. Please share this opportunity with MBA students in your networks.
  • The Wolfpack Investor Network (WIN) is seeking a Managing Co-Director.
    • WIN is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and energetic individual to join a fantastic team at NC State University! WIN seeks to hire a Managing Co-Director to help lead the program operations and manage the investment process as interest and demand continues to grow for participating in exciting investment opportunities with promising start-up companies. More information about the Wolfpack Investor Network is available at https://research.ncsu.edu/win/. For more information about this position and how to apply please visit the following website link: http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/106042

Other happenings around town…

  • Networking event – National Techies Day – Oct. 3rd, 5 pm-7pm at Crank Arm Brewing, 319 West Davie St. Raleigh 27601. Hosted by Liles Law, a female owned practice.

Justice Theatre Project Book Discussion of Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, Quail Ridge Books, October 6th, 11 a.m. ttps://www.facebook.com/events/289754664949646/

The Justice Theater Project is a professional theater that focuses on a specific topic of social concern each season and this year it is the woman empowered! S/HE IS: Becoming Whole.   http://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/20182018-season-of-shows/

We kick off the season with the very modern take on the Ibsen classic, “A Doll’s House”, which our director has completely re-written to reflect the modern times.

See media release and flyer.

We also have tons of speakers, events, book reading and free child care.

We would be grateful if you shared any of this that you feel is appropriate for your members.  They are welcomed to use the password Justice to buy tickets at the $14 group rate for all shows.


New Technologies Expo:

If you are an NC State University employee or student, you can register for free at go.ncsu.edu/NCStateExpoForm. Please contact Technology Training Solutions at 919.515.8163, or Family Legacy Financial Solutions at 919.694.3537 if you have any questions.

Also on the 11th! iNClusive STEM Innovation Pitch Summit, Chapel Hill, 9:30am-5:30am. Register and find more info here

Book Club

Remember that you can still sign up for the AWE Book Club! Meetings will be held every month starting in October and will be led by the wonderful and talented Professor Jennifer Capps. The book is Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey

By Troylyn Ball.



Things that make you go…hmmmmm….

How this Entrepreneur is redefining the meaning of nude, Forbes magazine, Sept. 26, 2018


Three Advantages to investing in women of color, Forbes magazine, Sept. 26, 2018


4 Industries women continue to dominate, Entrepreneur, Sept. 21, 2018


Cornell and Bank of America launch free courses for women entrepreneurs, Forbes magazine, Aug. 31, 2018 https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyguttman/2018/08/31/cornell-bank-of-america-launch-free-courses-for-women-entrepreneurs/#304b9be2d148


If you haven’t found How I Built This podcast by Guy Raz, please do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Each episode roughly 45 minutes in length, just enough for a long walk with your headphones on 🙂



Thought for the month…


“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Rosa Parks

Well, enjoy your week, try to stay safe, and hope to see you at our October event, Zen and the Art of the Startup Life!! Evening refreshments will be available!