LeighDeux Women for Excellence in Entrepreneurship 

Partners Leigh Goodwyn and Leigh-Ann Sprock of Charlotte, North Carolina, launched LeighDeux in 2013 after Goodwyn’s oldest daughter had difficulty sourcing chic bedding in the XL twin size. The two Leigh’s quickly realized there was a demand for upscale dorm furnishings. Recognizing the challenges of living in a small space, they set out to create a collection that would prove functional, as well as capture the essence of a professionally designed space. The two shared a similar vision and were both drawn to a global and vibrant palette.

The Deux-o behind LeighDeux decided that it was not enough to launch a product line of soft goods and accessories, they wanted to build a brand that stood for something more. They want to help reinvigorate the textile industry in the Carolinas, create jobs and give back. With those goals in mind, and a desire to support and promote women in entrepreneurship, LeighDeux decided that a portion of their proceeds would go to fund scholarships for deserving students. Their mantra is simple, deck a dorm, prep a mind! For more information about LeighDeux, please visit their website.

These awards ($2,500 per year) will be given to students enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship through a competitive process. Recipients will be selected by a committee. Students applying must have a stated interest in launching their own ventures, whether while enrolled at the University or following their graduation.  Recipients may use awards to provide support for research, travel, internship opportunities or initial start-up funding. Selected candidates will receive mentoring from LeighDeux and the opportunity to meet with LeighDeux for advice and consultation. Please submit this application by April 3, 2015.  If selected to move forward, you will go through an interview process.