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Business and Economy is a strong driver of community thriving. With the shift from agriculture, textile, and manufacturing over the last few decades, rural communities have had to shift and evolve to create opportunity. The work across UNC through business and entrepreneurship in rural North Carolina helps highlight the creativity and areas of growth.

Helping students and startups find their potential

Mahka Moeen is an expert at helping others to creatively adapt. From startups to students, she helps all kinds of people innovate towards potential. Moeen, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, is known for her empathetic and inspiring approach to teaching. The key, she says, is to take a holistic approach.

“When I think about what we do as university professors, there are three pillars of our work: You should be able to blend your research, teaching and community,” she says.

Community building for the School and startups

As well as teaching classes on innovation and entrepreneurship across a number of cohorts within the Business School, Moeen is a supportive presence at the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship initiative, a consortium of thought leaders and researchers studying entrepreneurship and emerging technologies, through the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

The initiative is a touchpoint for research experts, business leaders, students and entrepreneurs to share knowledge and propel business forward, and her extensive expertise contributes to an environment in which student startups can thrive.

This kind of activity is part of her overall commitment to be a positive force within the UNC Kenan-Flagler community, which she describes as collegial and highly supportive.

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