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Started at State – A Launchpad to Entrepreneurship

February 24, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


NC State has lead to many incredible new businesses, and we want to share those stories with you! This entrepreneurship speaker series features NC State alum and faculty business founders and innovators, who we’ve invited to share their inspirational stories with our community of students, entrepreneurs, and those curious to see what it takes to make a new business. This event is great for anyone looking to learn more about unconventional career paths in entrepreneurship, startup challenges, and trailblazers who Started at State.

For February’s Started at State, we have a panel of entrepreneurs. When they were State students, these guests worked on a dream project called Jar with a Twist (imagine a push pop for peanut butter jars). Learn all about the topsy-turvy endeavor of trying to bring Jar with a Twist to market while in the Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, and where each team member’s entrepreneurial career has taken them in the years since graduation.

Event starts at 6 p.m. The panel talk is expected to take about 40 minutes with a live Q&A after. Feel free to come with questions!

More about the panel below:

Sean Echevarria– Currently Senior Product Manager II at Walmart, Sean is on the Digital Acceleration team for the Global People Team. He focuses on developing HR products to address the entirety of the employee experience. Sean is a graduate from North Carolina State University where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering, where he fell in love with tech through the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program. Outside of the office, you can find him helping people through his latest entrepreneurial pursuit called rees, a career coaching platform that was made to be accessible and affordable for all.

Michael Bissette – Michael found fulfillment at the crossroads of engineering and entrepreneurship and was enabled by the incredible Engineering Entrepreneurship Senior Design program. After graduating, Michael joined another team of engineers at Kinemax Engineering developing Orthopaedic technologies in Belmont, NC. He also owns and operates Taz 3D, a contract design, advisement, and 3D printing job shop and hosts a cycling podcast called Bike Psyke with his wife and number one teammate Emily.

Stephen Smith – Before founding Bedrock Wireless, Stephen was the CTO of TerrAvion, an aerial imagery company, where he led the team to develop technology that could process Petabytes of high resolution imagery data.  Stephen is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, where he received his fourth engineering degree behind 3 simultaneous engineering degrees from NC State.  His latest venture aims to help the construction industry reduce management and theft related to the job site.  He lives and works in Orlando, FL with his wife, a roller coaster engineer for Universal Studios.

Spencer Vaughn – Spencer is the Senior Automation Engineer at Seqirus where he fights influenza by day, ensuring the Holly Springs facility continues to produce the flu vaccine as effectively as possible. Previously, he worked as a Systems Integrator with local Engineering firm, RoviSys – where he focused on Data Centers and Life Sciences. He credits his time spent in the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program for his deviation from the standard Chemical Engineer career-path. He currently scratches the entrepreneurial-itch by helping his wife, Chelsea, run Ten Acre Paper Co.



February 24, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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