College of Business > News & Events > Driehaus Cup Nick Noriega Profile
By Meredith Carroll /
November 17, 2023 /
Posted in: Students /
Little did he know that these two paths would converge sooner rather than later.
His team pitched Sign Academy – a hybrid sign installation course that filled a need for education for this skilled trade. Their idea made it to the Driehaus Cup finals, where it won the Audience Choice Award.
As part of this award, Nick and his team got the chance to meet with representatives from Morningstar, which sponsors the Driehaus Cup. The connection was made in large part thanks to Laura Kohl (MBA ‘94), Chief Information Officer at Morningstar and a member of the Driehaus Business Advisory Council.
When Nick researched Morningstar in preparation for the meeting, its mission immediately resonated.
“When I started to gain financial knowledge, my first thought was: why doesn’t everyone know this?” he reflects. “When you go on Morningstar’s website, that’s their whole mission. They want everyone to know what hedge funds and mutual funds know.”
Nick knew from firsthand experience just how important financial education was. After his mother’s death, he recalls his family meeting with a financial advisor. Nick was struck by how important this meeting was in providing reassurance.
“It made me hopeful,” he says. “My mom’s gone, but at least our family is going to be taken care of financially.”
The second insight: Entrepreneurship teaches you how to persist.
Entrepreneurship, Nick says, “is iterative. If you make a plan, it doesn’t have to go on one track. You constantly have to go back and revise.”