The University of North Carolina announced Tuesday the winners and runners-up for the fourth annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, held on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

The competition, sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase, featured 27 undergraduate teams, 15 graduate teams and four teams for the newly created Financial Literacy category. More than 400 students participated from all 17 UNC campuses.

Teams competed by observing the needs of residents in local communities and developing a new or improved method of addressing those needs. Teams are judged on a specific set of criteria, including field research, written and oral communication, teamwork, and creativity. The conference is the largest statewide event organized by the UNC General Administration each year, and the only statewide competition that focuses on social entrepreneurship.

The winners and runners-up were:

Undergraduate Competition

Winner: PACT, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics – an app to help doctors communicate directly with caregivers of adolescent cancer patients managing their care.

1st Runner-up: HoneySphere, UNC-Chapel Hill – a beehive kit for beekeepers that promises improved outcomes for bees.

2nd Runner-up: RememberMe, Fayetteville State University – a memory book for Alzheimer’s patients that provides memories in all five senses. 

Graduate Competition

Winner: MedServe, UNC-Chapel Hill – essentially, a healthcare version of Teach for America, providing students interested in careers in health care with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in struggling rural health clinics.

1st Runner-up: Special Pedals, UNC Wilmington – jobs training for adults with disabilities, focusing on bicycle repair on college campuses.

2nd Runner-up: INTech Foundation, UNC Charlotte – training and inspiration for teenage girls interested in computing and technology. 

Financial Literary Competition

Winner: SonoRelief, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics – an app that provides personalized music for PTSD sufferers as they deal with financial and other challenges.

Learn more about the conference, contact Kelley Ann Gregory, 919-962-4612, kelleyg@northcarolina.edu, Lesley Boney, 919-843-7338, lboney@northcarolina.edu

Wednesday, February 24, 2016