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McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise

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Don’t wait to dream big! You can create innovative products, launch unique services and more. See how students like you are jump starting their entrepreneurial journey.

Entrepreneurial Success: In Our Own Words

I’ve always liked the idea of innovation, that the only way we move forward and make the world a better place is if we have people willing to take the path less traveled and try something new.

— Hayden Shipley
Darla Moore School of Business; winner, UofSC's COVID-19 challenge

  • Sydney Brookshire

    Sydney Brookshire

    "As a first-semester freshman, I wasn't quite sure about my major, my career path or what kind of clubs I wanted to join. The McNair Institute changed my perspective on business, what I wanted to do with my life and my passions!"

  • Yaw Addei-Boadu in a suit

    Yaw Addei-Boadu

    "I've always loved to think outside the box. Now I see how much more could be done thanks to what I've learned from Dr. Brown. At UofSC, I started a marketing company to help small startups and am designing a fashionable safety alert device."

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    Alexis Caronis

    "Through the generosity of the McNair Institute, I attended the Growth Summit where I learned about owning my story, connecting my personal brand to my company and what’s next in technology in SC. As a pharmacy student who is interested in owning my own business, this experience was invaluable for my professional development!"

  • Julia Williams

    Julia Williams

    "You have the opportunity to create solutions to problems. Entrepreneurship thrives on diversity of thought and the ability to identify issues that other people may not see. Learn about entrepreneurship and see where it takes you!"

  • Jack Collins

    Jack Collins

    "I taught myself website management and how to code, and I became familiar with multiple online services, including G-Suite, Office 365, GoDaddy and Bluehost, Mailchimp and more. I have used those skills to help out a local startup company with technology-related problems and opportunities."

  • Kenzie McCarter

    Kenzie McCarter

    “Entrepreneurship is for EVERYONE! Even if you never develop or pitch a new business venture, you must learn to develop your own identity and pitch yourself at a job interview. Entrepreneurship is how you create an impact, regardless of your major or aspirations.”


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.