Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community

The Honors Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community


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The E-LLC is a year-long cohort experience for incoming Honors students. Members of the E-LLC live together their freshmen year, enroll in an Honors entrepreneurship class, and receive frequent mentorship from peers, faculty, and community changemakers.

 “I received multiple one-on-one mentoring sessions to help me navigate my freshman year. I was also given the opportunity to have a leadership position by coming back to serve as the student director for the E-LLC. Lastly, I was connected to other freshman students who were like-minded and gave me a great group of friends that felt like a family.”

– Olivia Yalden ’23

The E-LLC is a partnership between the Honors College and the School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and is open to students of all majors, interests, and backgrounds.

How it Works

Each year the program welcomes a cohort of first year Honors College students who live together in Joe E. Berry Hall, the Honors College's living-learning community. This allow for close-knit collaboration and relationship building among E-LLC members.

Students also enroll in HONS 205: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice their first semester, where they…

  • Explore entrepreneurial concepts and innovative business strategies
  • Participate in pitch competitions and give public presentations
  • Attend networking events with Charleston-area entrepreneurs
  • Receive regular mentorship from peers, program alumni, and faculty

“I really loved the collaborative aspect of the cohort. You get to work with other students across disciplines to really find the intersectionality of your interests. I also really appreciate the network of connections and faculty mentors you leave the cohort with. I continue to tap into those resources today and probably will throughout my four years.”

– Brandon Alston ’24

Benefits of the E-LLC

The E-LLC empowers students to become advocates for their own ideas while impacting the world around them. The E-LLC uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to encourage students to become global-minded problem-solvers with an entrepreneurial spirit.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
Students in the E-LLC...

  • Receive guidance in setting and achieving personalized long-term goals
  • Have an additional support structure of peers, mentors, and faculty
  • Gain access to specialized experiential learning opportunities
  • Get to network with innovative thinkers and changemakers

Student Stories

Students of all interests, backgrounds, and majors thrive in the E-LLC. The program helps them develop transferable skills like creative problem-solving, public speaking, and collaborative decision-making that will help them make a difference in their chosen field.

Caty Greer
Economics major Caty Greer takes top spot at gender equity pitch competition
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Brandon Alston
Theatre major Brandon Alston makes upcycling cool with Fresh Prince Fit Designs
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Team Sailshade - 2022 SC Innovates Pitch Competition
Honors Students score high in statewide pitch competition
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Olivia Yalden '24
Public health major Olivia Yalden thrives as a mentor in the E-LLC
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Join the E-LLC

Interested in joining the E-LLC? Contact program director Lancie Affonso (affonsol@cofc.edu) to learn how you can add your story to the Honors Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community.