As part of the UNC Adams Apprenticeship Program, I had the opportunity to travel to New York with 16 of my fellow apprentices in November 2016. On our trek, we met with several high-growth companies across industries. Each company visit provided valuable takeaways, lessons and insights from real world experience that added to our perspectives of what entrepreneurship really was.
New York: the land of opportunity, where people from all walks of life converge in an attempt to chase the American dream.
With the increased buzz surrounding startups, entrepreneurship has become the new American dream. Spending a summer interning at Blippar, an augmented reality startup based in New York City (NYC), gave me an inside look at the innovation happening around every corner. The city presents this sense of bustling energy and excitement that is intangible yet universal and inspires you to want to achieve more. The same was true when I visited NYC for the Fall 2016 Adams Apprenticeship career trek, and I was glad to have shared the experience with my fellow Adams Apprentices.
Austin Helms (BSBA ’16) was born for business. His journey as an entrepreneur began early in life and continued as a college student. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, he eagerly dove into the entrepreneurship scene, from developing and testing new ideas to participating in pitch competitions and being selected as a member of the first-ever Adams Apprenticeship cohort. The game-changing program connects “all-in” student entrepreneurs with UNC’s top founders, funders and growth executives, who provide guidance and mentoring to shape, support and speed students’ transition to successful entrepreneurial careers.
We caught up with Helms to learn about his post-grad experiences and how he’s benefited from his journey as an Adams Apprentice so far.
The conference room of the Hampton Inn in Carrboro, N.C. bustled with the buzz of friendly conversation and freshly brewed coffee as advisors and apprentices gathered for the inaugural Adams Apprenticeship Fall Conference on the morning of Friday Sept. 23. The conference and dinner were made possible by a generous gift from John and Vicki Adams after they attended the February gala and saw the power of the connections being made.