Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Brook T. Smith Launchpad celebrates entrepreneurship at their annual Blue Ridge Market


From handmade t-shirts to pottery and photography services, the Blue Ridge Market hosted its annual event as a platform for student entrepreneurs on Clemson’s Campus. Organized through the Brook T. Smith Launchpad, 27 entrepreneurs participated in the event selling and advertising their goods and services.

Launched earlier this year in 2024, the Brook T. Smith Launchpad is an entrepreneurial hub for students of all majors at Clemson. Through the launchpad, students have access to networking opportunities, events and a community to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Events like the Blue Ridge Market offer opportunities for students and alumni to connect with the Clemson community and showcase their small businesses.

Girls shopping at the Blue Ridge market.
Liz Brooks ’23 sells her art and promotes her photography service at the Blue Ridge Market.

Liz Brooks ‘23, owner of Lizart, says the event is a great opportunity for any student entrepreneur. “The Blue Ridge Market is an incredible opportunity for students and alumni to market their businesses to the local community on campus. I have attended the past four markets as a student and now as an alum, and I am so grateful to the Brook T. Smith Launchpad for providing this opportunity! Having these markets to engage with customers and other entrepreneurs on campus has allowed me to grow my photography business and network with so many wonderful people!”

To learn more about Brook T. Smith Launchpad events, visit their website.

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