Travel 75 miles north of Atlanta and you’ll find the world’s largest contiguous college campus – 27,000 acres, in fact. But peel back the layers on Berry College’s rich history and beauty, and you’ll find an innovation and entrepreneurship program boasting big ideas around biomethanation, beef production and blueberry wine.
Dr. Paula Englis, director of the Center for Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development (C-SEED), has been planting seeds of opportunity with students for 20 years. Complete with a Shark Tank-like PITCH competition, this program is fostering innovative ideas with the power to transform communities – from Watkinsville and Cave Spring, Georgia to Haiti.
Meet a few of Berry’s Gen Z big thinkers (and recent graduates!). Vintner Nancy Belle Hansford, pouring value into her hometown one glass at a time. Erika Sprecher, co-owner of a 120-acre, cow-calf operation and natural beef producer. And Darryl Delsoin, a biochemist who developed an eco-friendly crop fertilizer and much-needed biofuel for his native Haiti.
Big ideas are growing in North Georgia. Take a look for yourself.