Since its first year, Caty greer has offered possible solutions to the world’s greatest social, economic and environmental problems since the second she entered the College of Charleston campus.
And last month, Greer’s passion and persistence paid off when she won the College of Charleston Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual Gender Equity Contest, which tasks participants with developing solutions to a problem of their choice impacting the women of the Lowcountry and delivering their ideas in the form of a one-minute pitch.
Greer took first place and won $ 1,000 with his AI-based service, Womentor, which aims to match mentors with female students looking for career planning advice.
âThe goal of the service is to help young women, like me, connect with role models in the world of entrepreneurship,â says Greer, who is a junior major in economics and a minor in data science.
As a student at Honors College, Greer received a lot of support to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit, especially as a member of the Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (E-LLC), in which she participated as a first year student. Honors College, which provides its students with a rich interdisciplinary education, offers a variety of courses that focus on a multitude of topics, which has allowed Greer to further explore his interests in finding solutions to the problems facing his generation is facing.
Under the supervision of an Honors College faculty member Lancie Affonso ’96, along with other mentors, Greer has learned to turn his passion for social justice into tangible change by providing solutions to the world’s biggest problems.
âI was fortunate to have several mentors during my time at College of Charleston: E-LLC and ImpactX (an entrepreneurship-based course) provided me with personal and professional mentors,â says Greer. âMy goal is for every student to have the same access to great mentors that I have had. “
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As an ImpactX participant in her first year, Greer was exposed to the pitch world very early in her college career. ImpactX, a three credit hour course offered by the School of Business, places students in an aquarium-style environment where students team up and work throughout the semester to create a three-minute pitch revolving around one of the goals. United Nations Sustainable Development Policy.
âImpactX taught me so many great skills when it comes to turning my ideas into realities,â says Greer, whose ImpactX team created the Tech Skills platform, which aimed to support college students applying for jobs. in the fields of information technology by measuring the skills and abilities to learn programming languages ââto make the recruitment process more efficient. âDuring ImpactX, I developed the confidence to pitch. I developed the confidence to create and validate ideas, and learned to use the resources available in the startup environment.
In fact, empowering students to develop their interests and build their self-confidence is at the heart of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
âThe mission of the Center for Entrepreneurship is to support College of Charleston students in all disciplines in developing an entrepreneurial mindset through experiential activities,â says David wyman, associate professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. âSo we run a number of competitions for students to hone their problem-solving skills and pitch presentation skills. To be a successful entrepreneurial leader, you have to be # 1: a creative problem solver and # 2: being able to present yourself and sell your concepts.
Greer is not the only one to be grateful for the interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial experiences she has had at CofC and for the trust they have placed in her. In fact, each of the finalists in the Gender Equity Pitch Competition has either taken the ImpactX course or been part of the E-LLC.
Greer hopes to continue working on developing the Womentor concept over time as well as nurturing other entrepreneurial ideas. His advice to other CofC students who want to enter the world of entrepreneurship is to go.
“Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – no one is going to steal your idea. One of the first steps in getting a good idea off the ground is to bounce it off others in the entrepreneurship space.” “Lucky for us CofC students, the College’s Entrepreneurship Center provides a plethora of opportunities for students to gain valuable feedback from mentors and their peers.”
Students interested in exploring entrepreneurship opportunities at the College of Charleston should visit the Center for Entrepreneurship website.
Jack Bartlett is a junior student at Honors College majoring in communication.