We are so excited to be a featured part of the May issue of the Carolina Alumni Review! The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds both personal and organizational ties for MedPLUS Connect. Our three founders and current Board Members, Emma Lawrence, Emily Nix, and Lauren Slive, are all members of the class of 2009 their experiences at Carolina also played a huge role in the beginnings of MedPLUS Connect. Our Executive Director also has ties to UNC as a member of the class of 2010.
In 2008, MedPLUS Connect competed in the Carolina Challenge, a competition held by the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC designed to promote entrepreneurship, and were awarded honorable mention. After sending their first shipment of medical supplies in 2008, Emma, Emily, and Lauren competed again in the 2009 Carolina Challenge competition, winning the overall competition and the People’s Choice award. The winnings from this competition helped MedPLUS Connect grow and develop into the organization it is today. Although the Carolina Challenge played a large role in enabling MedPLUS Connect to become a reality, the immense support offered throughout the University also played an extremely significant role. From Lauren Slive, our Board President:
“I don’t know if MedPLUS Connect would have ever developed without all the encouragement we received from people in many departments, especially the Campus Y as well as the business school and its entrepreneurship program. We feel extremely lucky to have been in an environment that encouraged and supported and funded all of these ideas that may have met with skepticism or criticism in other environments.”
The article also discusses our past shipments as well as our current projects of establishing the nutrition center and cervical cancer program. We are honored to have our organization featured in the Carolina Alumni Review and to revisit our strong ties with Carolina. Thank you Carolina Alumni Review for the feature!