Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fwd: Cherokee Challenge, up to $20k in awards for environmental entrepreneurs

If you are looking for an interesting opportunity, here is one.


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From: Chris Wedding <>
Date: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Subject: Cherokee Challenge, up to $20k in awards for environmental entrepreneurs
To:, Katie Kross <>, "John Vaughn (CIP)" <>

Katie (and Howie),

Per our conversation this morning, I'm connecting you, Howie and JT Vaughn at Cherokee. JT is managing the Cherokee Challenge. More info is copied below are it. The due date is around the corner (next Friday), but at the least, we'd love your thoughts on how to get the word out, who to target, how to improve it, etc. Thanks!

- Chris


Cherokee is an investment company focused on brownfield development and growing environmentally conscious businesses. We value creative, high impact solutions to environmental challenges. 


Currently, we have a number of ideas we are excited about, but we need passionate entrepreneurs to champion these ideas. The CherokeeChallenge is an invitation for entrepreneurs to build teams and rapidly develop our ideas. We are also open to entrepreneurs submitting their own ideas, as long as the ideas are creative, viable and closely aligned with our strategy and values. Moreover, we hope and expect their ideas will be much better than ours. 


Applications are due by 7PM on Friday, May 27 (ie, very soon!). Up to three teams will be selected to compete, and team members will be paid $300 per week for the duration of the competition (two months). At the conclusion of the Challenge in August, each team is eligible to win up to a $20,000 bonus, dependent upon their performance throughout the summer and the viability of their model. 


For details, visit

Christopher Wedding, PhD, LEED-AP
111 East Hargett Street, Suite 300
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
919.743.2029 t
919.743.2501 f

Howie Rhee, MBA
Managing Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Office A236
919-923-7113 Mobile
919-660-1929 Office

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