District C's business partners provide real-world business problems that set the context for C Squad work.
How It Works
The below cycle runs roughly 4 weeks in length from the Launch Meeting to Pitch Night. District C coaches are responsible for supporting student work along the way, so your time commitment is limited to the blocks outlined below.
Meet with District C to identify and define a real business problem and any relevant data or resources
YOUR TIME: 1 hour
2. Launch Meeting
Attend a student-led launch meeting and answer questions about you, your business, and the problem
YOUR TIME: 1.5 hours
Attend two 30-minute online meetings, scheduled at your convenience, to hear student ideas and offer feedback
YOUR TIME: 1 hour
4. Pitch Night
Hear solution pitches from student teams, ask questions, and workshop their ideas
YOUR TIME: 1.5 hours
What Our Partners Say
"Working with District C gave us a better understanding of how young people approach business solutions, and allowed us to connect with our local community in a deeper way... We challenged students with real, complicated, and challenging problems to work on. We came away impressed with the level of detail and sophistication displayed in the solutions. So much so that we have piloted one of the projects and are seeing an improvement in efficiency and data retrieval concerning new customer acquisitions."
-- Matt Logan, Community Outreach Director, Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro/Durham
"District C was the best thing that happened to me in months. First and foremost, I had the opportunity to work with a community of people that were some of the kindest, most genuine, and hardest-working people I've ever met. They were warm and welcoming, as well as extremely diligent with their (and my) time. They stuck to the schedule, problem solved like it was their full-time job, and came up with solutions that we have already begun implementing. These solutions are helpful, hopeful, and life-changing for A Place at the Table and something we so desperately needed but didn't know how to do. I left that week feeling empowered, encouraged, and 100 percent supported."
-- Maggie Kane, Founder, A Place At The Table
"Working with District C was not only fulfilling, but it was super helpful for my business. The students were so incredible and they genuinely wanted to help solve a problem for Headbands of Hope. They had a young and fresh take on business and really thought outside the box and came up with not only brilliant solutions, but step-by-step ways to implement them. In our check-ins, they were always prepared and never wasted a second of my time. I would hire them all if I could and would definitely recommend working with District C!"
-- Jess Ekstrom, CEO & Founder, Headbands of Hope
"There is no better way to inspire young people to do the things they love than to enable them to explore new ideas, and work as a part of a team to solve problems. The dynamic created by District C through their C Squad was motivating for me as an entrepreneur who has spent years working in high performance environments. What a great collaborative environment -- can't wait for pitch night to see what the team has come up with."
-- John Cone, Founder & CEO, Fit For 90
"My living-learning program at NC State enlisted the help of District C to work on a problem our program faces. The students blew us away with their tenacity, creativity and the mindset they brought to the table. I would enthusiastically recommend this opportunity for both students who want a life-changing experience that will impact how they see problems, and for businesses who may want to solve complex business challenges. Dan and Anne are incredible, and the work the students are doing is inspiring!"
-- Haley Huie, Director, Albright Entrepreneurs Village at NC State