The Business of Innovation Pawdcast connects listeners with leading entrepreneurs and innovators who share their stories of bridging the gap between creative ideas and gaining business results. Each episode introduces leaders, entrepreneurs and educators who offer real-world advice and enlightening conversations about their career journeys.
Kyle Hackel had already been running The Big E in Gaffney for about eight months when he saw a billboard advertising Clemson’s MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation program. He had already found some success with Big E, a one-stop entertainment complex that houses an eight-screen movie theater, a 16-lane bowling alley, laser tag, a mini […]
You’ll have to forgive Madeline Cordell if she seems a little anxious for Thursday’s 9:30 a.m. commencement at Clemson University. After all, the graduating senior has had a close brush with embarrassment before. “I almost took out the principal at my high school graduation,” she laughed. “I always seem to trip when I’m on stage. My family’s waiting to see what will happen. Maybe I’ll wear flip flops instead of heels.”
When it comes to building a career, sharpening razor blades might not be the first thing that comes to mind for most aspiring professionals. But for Martin Lightsey ‘64, that need provided an opportunity that was perfect for his skill set.
Clemson University’s Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership will sponsor the nationally recognized 3 Day Startup weekend Feb. 2–4. Registration is free and open to Clemson students, faculty and alumni. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 26.
Being surrounded by scores of entrepreneurial minds, Austin Sanderson ’10 caught the bug while providing IT support for the MBA program. The Clemson University economics graduate and CCIT support employee has followed some of his MBAe student customers on the innovation path. Sanderson’s bug isn’t computer-virus related, but it is of the technology genus. Like […]
A stint in the Army, including nine months as an infantryman in Afghanistan, has taught Dillon Sizemore some valuable life lessons that he says are benefiting him today, and will last long into the future. “I developed a new-found respect for education after serving. The discipline and time management the Army demands paid off when […]
Christian Williams has designs on a future that taps into her entrepreneurial interests and creative talents. And the Clemson University senior majoring in architecture spent the summer immersed in research on how to bring her ideas to market. Christian’s idea was spawned by an assignment in one of her architecture classes. “We were required to […]
Faculty-led teams in partnership with Greenville Health System are tackling some of the greatest health challenges facing the state and nation, such as childhood obesity, prenatal care, vascular care, treatment of orthopaedic injuries, helping soldiers transition to civilian life, infirmities related to aging and health disparities.
Allison Pickett B.S. ’14, MBA ’15 joined the Clemson MBAe program after completing an undergraduate degree in business from Clemson. While job-hunting during her senior year, she was intrigued by the MBA program that Clemson offered, but was unsure how to proceed since the program required work experience. She came across the MBAe program, designed for […]
Derek Riker got off to a rough start with the canine world at an early age, but he’s made amends and now, he and fellow dog lover and business partner Zach Capps are staking their futures on Fido. “I was bitten in the butt by a really big dog when I was 10,” said Riker, […]
More than 30 competitors stepped into the ring in November to compete in the second annual Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Pitch Smackdown to try to win an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley.
Cullen Schlageter showed a mechanical aptitude as a fifth-grader, when he took apart a broken radio and reassembled it in working condition. His mother used to marvel at her son’s knack for building things – from forts in nearby woods to projects in his grandfather’s woodworking shop. So, it’s no surprise to those who know […]
Oil and water aren’t normally a good combination, but in Clemson University sophomore Christian Vizethann’s case, both appear to be playing a role in his career path. Christian Vizethann filled a need for a watersports service on New York’s Lake George, and it’s paying off. “I’m a grease monkey at heart,” the mechanical engineering major […]
One of Clemson sophomore Steven Kasay’s biggest fears is being in a career that would have him working behind a desk. Given a sedentary workday doesn’t sit well with the mechanical engineering major, Steven is in the start-up phase of a business that will have others sitting well. The 20-year-old Charlotte, N.C., resident said his […]