Merrill Mason Judges Start-Up Contest Among Students at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

Raleigh, N.C. – In September 2013, Merrill Mason judged a concept competition among students in the Business 500 course at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. 

Students in the Business 500 course spent weeks developing their ideas. The best ideas were presented to University peers and rated on a scale of 1-10. Merrill, the head of Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups practice, was called upon to offer his perspective on the viability of each concept. He provided further advice on what road blocks each idea might encounter and how those obstacles might be overcome. The exercise simulated what the students might experience when introducing an idea to the market and it taught them how an entrepreneur can overcome challenges by knowing what to anticipate on the front-end.

About Merrill Mason

With extensive experience representing technology and life sciences companies, Merrill Mason represents entrepreneurial and emerging enterprises. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the University of North Carolina School of Law. For more information, please visit Merrill’s bio on

About Smith Anderson’s Start-Ups Practice

Smith Anderson’s start-up practice works with clients that include companies specializing in technology, life sciences, software, drug discovery, medical devices, distribution and professional services, as well as angel funds and start-up accelerators. Our lawyers are practical legal business counselors with a partner’s passion for your idea and a personal commitment to your company’s success. Whether you’re a professor with a patent, an individual with a new invention, or an undergraduate with a brilliant idea, we can help clear the path, freeing you to apply your energy to succeeding on your own merit and your own terms. For more information, please visit


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