Fall 2022 Winners

49ER IMPACT Pitch Competition

49er Impact helps students develop entrepreneurial thinking skills and make an impact with their ideas through integrative and iterative learning.

This program consisted of networking and mentoring opportunities. Students also had access to panels, interviews with community and campus leaders, asynchronous learning modules, and in-person workshops – all focusing on customer discovery, design thinking, storytelling, innovation and collaboration. The skills learned through this program are instrumental in assisting students in making an impact and can be transferable to any career choice.

Fall 2022 Program Details

Seventeen students pitched their business or program idea virtually on November 18, 2022, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Eight participants were from the academic class CLAS 3000: Ideas to Action; four were from Ventureprise’s Social Impact, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Credential Program; three were from Ventureprise’s student incubator, 49er Foundry; and two were student body members. Below shows the student participation by college.

49er Impact Winners

49er Foundry Grand Prize Winner ($1,500): Caleb Achidi

Belk College of Business, Senior

Wholelisticly is a holistic telehealth company that seeks to make wellness the new norm and to make holistic health affordable and accessible to everyone.

Idea Pitch Grand Prize Winner ($1,000): Zachary Pignon

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Senior

Universal Junctional Bandage is a quick and reliable first aid kit to help stop junctional bleeding.

Graduate Student Winner ($250): Dujeray Gaines

Belk College of Business, Graduate, second year

Charlotte Venture Student Collective is a student program that seeks to increase retention at UNC Charlotte by supporting the student entrepreneur.

Undergraduate Student Winner ($250): Miya Mosley

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Senior

VENT is a mental detox space that’s meant to help college students cope with the daily stressor of college life.

Best Business Idea Winner ($500): Christopher Grisset

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Senior

Muze is a social networking app that allows for creator collaboration between creators.

Social Impact Winner ($500): Mia Huffman

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences,Sophomore

Traditional Housing for Re-entry is a tranitional housing solution for reentry, specifically for individuals re-entrying society post incarceration.


GREAT JOB to Everyone that Participated!