Bryant’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is continuing to make big waves on campus. The group’s mission is to inform, support, and inspire young entrepreneurs and allow them to “seek opportunity through enterprise creation,” according to their Facebook page. The group holds weekly meeting where you can find anything from a guest speaker to an entrepreneurial workshop. As an organization they attend conferences and competitions, as well as host their own competition in the spring.
Right now they are still excited about winning National Best Chapter for the fifth time in the past eight years. Renee Lawlor attributes their win against all four-hundred other chapters is due to the fact that they are completely student run. The group heads-up several events on campus without relying on faculty presence to take initiative.
You may be familiar with CEO through participation in E-Pitch, an academic requirement for freshman enrolled in Global Foundations of Business, commonly called G-FOB. CEO completely takes lead on this competition once a semester for all freshman students. The organization holds coaching session, secures sponsorship, finds judges, does the shopping for awards, and completely handles the food order for the entire event.
CEO hosts approximately twenty speakers throughout the year, which are open to all students to attend. The speakers come from all different industries, and are not necessarily Bryant alumni. In the past the group has hosted lecturers from the fashion industry, the construction business, and venture capitalists.
The group also hosts the App-a-thon and an admissions event focused on Start-up survival. The App-a-thon is held on Research and Engagement Day (RED Day) and consists of students presenting their unique app ideas that would enrich the Bryant student university environment. The admissions event organizes students into teams where they are required to run a greeting card company during a competition to foster and develop entrepreneurial skills.
On February 21st, CEO will be hosting the 4th Annual Bryant University North East Entrepreneurship Conference (BUNEEC: pronounced Be Unique). The event brings entrepreneurial-minded students from Bryant and across New England to listen to keynote speakers and participate in workshops focused on launching business ideas.
CEO encourages all students to join their organization at their weekly meeting: Thursdays at 5:30 in room 2C of the FSC; and to follow their twitter (@CEO_Bryant) to stay updated on upcoming speakers.