HPU Students Attend Capital Connects Event


HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 20, 2011 – Six students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program at High Point University recently attended Capital Connects, a private event designed to match accredited investors, angel groups, venture funds and private equity firms with early-stage growth companies.

The event provides the opportunity for early-stage growth companies to “pitch” their business idea to investors across the southeast. In its seventh year, this group continues to grow and provide introductions between investors and companies searching for capital.

“Capital Connects provided me with the opportunity to connect classroom learning to real-world experience,” says Chelsea McCray, a junior majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship.

Fellow student Graham Howard, a junior also majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship, agreed, adding that the experience will benefit him in the classroom.

“We got to see people present their businesses or business ideas to a room full of investors,” Howard says. “We saw good and bad presentations, and we were able to take that information we gained from the conference and apply it to our own classroom presentations.”

The session also included a presentation from Keith Crisco, North Carolina Commerce Secretary, who spoke about his plans for the business community in the state.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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