Business Clubs Welcome Brunch Highlights Student-Led Business Initiatives at Sewanee

Students Adreyauna Lewers. C'16 and Hughette Ciza C'17 at the first annual Business Clubs Welcome Brunch.Left to Right: Huguette Ciza, C'17, member of the Sewanee Investment Club and Adreyauna Lewers C'16, Vice President of the Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Club.

On Sunday, September 6, the Babson Center for Global Commerce kicked off the school year with its first annual welcome brunch for students interested in becoming actively involved with business clubs on campus. Undergraduates packed the Ecce Quam Bonum House to network and discuss the myriad of student-led business opportunities and initiatives for the semester.

Chip Manning, director of the Babson Center for Global Commerce, began with thanking the students for their attendance at the brunch and encouraging them to take advantage of the various Babson supported co-curricular activities that bolster one's business acumen: Bloomberg certification, speaker series events, Beecken Scholarships, Carey Fellowships, and other training opportunities.

The focus then shifted to student led groups, beginning with the Sewanee Angel Capital Fund. President Nasko Apostolov, C'17, described the club's role in actively investing in start-up companies in the region. With the Angel Capital Fund, students have the opportunity to listen to pitches, do due-diligence on companies that pique their interest, and make determinations of how to invest the alumni donated funds in order to minimize risk and maximize profit.

Next up was president of the Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (ESI) Club Breyana Addison, C'17, who invited students to join the Co-Starters Generator group, which provides encouragement, contact with alumni mentors,  and a structured curriculum for students aspiring to develop a new project, business, or non-profit. In addition to the Co-Starters Generator group, the ESI club facilitates public events to bring awareness to and generate interest in entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Co-president of the Pre-Business Society Conner Martens, C'16, welcomed students to attend the networking events sponsored by the organization. The Pre-Business Society hosts dinners and guest speakers for any student on campus interested in pursuing business as a potential career field.

Finally, Reed Jackson, C'16, president of the Sewanee Investment Club (SIC) and director of the Business House informed students about the role the SIC plays in actively managing over $500,000 of the university endowment. He introduced other student leaders of the club and encouraged underclassmen interested in learning more to attend an upcoming workshop on the essentials of finance and investing.

Following these brief remarks, underclassmen mingled with upperclassmen club leaders and asked further questions about opportunities to get involved. The presidents of the clubs agreed to meet regularly in order to increase synergy between groups and encourage growth in the very active business culture on campus.