Stories for Students
September 20, 2017, Mike Ettlemyer
The University of South Carolina has been named the first Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the state with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate entrepreneurship.
August 15, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
Before he finished college, Kevin Varner, ’93, was working in a brewery. By his mid-20s, he had started one himself. Now, a quarter century later, the founder of Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is back at it, opening a second brewery, this one so big you could fly a plane through the front door — or at least taxi in.
June 01, 2017, John Brunelli
The School of Music's SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge explores how a variety of business lessons are applicable to all arts disciplines. Musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and even mimes learn what it takes to create a business.
May 17, 2017, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina has tapped tech entrepreneur, marketer and educator Dirk Brown to lead its recently established McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise.
March 15, 2017, Allen Wallace
Fashion Board, a student organization in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, will host its 10th annual Fashion Week March 20-24. Kat Kinslow, this year’s director of public relations for Fashion Board, says the week will be “one for the books.”
August 30, 2016, Dan Cook
When Gene Crawford was a student at USC in the early ’90s, he knew he wanted to combine graphic design with computers. He ended up forging a path in web design — and two decades later, he helps others enter the still-growing field.
July 27, 2016, Dan Cook
When Bryan Gibson first visited the University of South Carolina in 1999 to audition for cello professor Robert Jesselson, it didn’t go well. Seventeen years later, Gibson is touring the world as a cellist and multi-instrumentalist — and Jesselson has fond memories of the student he once saw as unprepared for pursuing a career in music.
May 31, 2016, Dan Cook
Today's musicians graduate into a world where they often need to cobble together their careers piece by piece — and that means they need more than just musical training. What exactly that training should be will be the focus of a major summit at the School of Music this week.
April 07, 2016, Olivia Currey
Back when Parker Moore was in high school, he and his friends spent upwards of three hours driving to and from the closest big city to get fitted for, pick up and return their rented tuxes for prom. Now a senior marketing and management major in the Darla Moore School of Business, Moore launched a business to reduce prom tux frustration. He is testing his Tux on Trux this prom season in South Carolina.
February 23, 2016, Luci Clemens
After competing in the Proving Ground competition last semester, three University of South Carolina students are turning their business pitch into a reality — and they’re starting with your salad. John Stewart, Erin Ryan and Bri Matthews are introducing fresh, local lettuce to the Columbia campus dining with an agricultural method called hydroponics.
January 12, 2016, Chris Horn
Columbia’s start-up culture is getting hotter, and Carolina is helping fan the entrepreneurial flames. Incubating companies is only part of the start-up equation. There’s a thriving entrepreneurial vibe now among students — enrollment in entrepreneurship classes has doubled and membership in the Entrepreneurship Club is at an all-time high — and the university has built an ecosystem on campus to foster that interest.
September 03, 2015, Page Ivey
It's not often college students get to ask one of their classmates for an internship, but that's just what happened when Charleston hotelier Linn Lesesne decided to return to Carolina to finish her degree more than 30 years after she started it.