2014 Social Entrepreneurship Competition


EVolve Car Rentals – Hammad Ali Ejaz, Joseph Baker, Luke Van Hine
Zero-emission electric rental vehicles
(placed second) Heart Racers – Ashleigh Hillen, Lance Mills
Onsite CPR training to save lives, one compression at a time
Drop-In To Success – Anna Emslie, Darby McKnight, Dan Pungello
With the hope of lowering high school dropouts, free workshops focusing on “Things You Can Do With a High School Diploma”
Make AVL – Anna Hitrova, Jordan Miller, Andrew Sotak
Transformative apprenticeship and scholarship programs in technology
(placed first) Pro(TECH)t – Donna Al Melhem, Benjamin Eisdorfer, Madison Eddings
Wearable technology and real-time GPS to help reduce sexual assault on college campuses
Two months later, Pro(TECH)t took the grand prize at the statewide UNC System statewide competition.


  • Bradley J. Cain, COO of Education & Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas
  • Tommy Dennison, Business Counselor at Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
  • Caroline Fisher, Creative Director at Seeded
  • Jodi Rhoden, Owner & Founder of Short Street Cakes

For more information:  Social Entrepreneurship: A Smarter Way to Save the World