Innovation Programs

KickStart Venture Services

Business services that help faculty commercialize research

  • $1.9 million in awards provided to 59 IP-based companies since 2009
  • $22 million raised by these companies in SBIR/STTR grants
  • $257 million in funding raised by KickStart companies

Launch Chapel Hill

Startup accelerator in downtown Chapel Hill

  • 63 startup companies have entered the program since 2013
  • $15 million in investment capital raised by Launch companies
  • 1,000+ jobs (250 in Orange County) created by participating startups

CUBE

Social Innovation Incubator at the UNC Campus Y

  • 28 social ventures have participated in the 18-month program since 2013
  • $1.7 million raised by CUBE social ventures
  • 40,000+ people have experienced a positive difference in their lives

Center for Health Innovation

Administered by UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine

  • $665,000 in pilot funding provided for five projects since 2013
  • Annual pilot awards of $50,000 each
  • Disruptive innovations in health care delivery and financing

Carolina Challenge

Startup competition started by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

  • 100+ student teams participated each year since 2005
  • 325 student, industry and alumni participants in 2016
  • $50,000 in total prize money distributed annually to winning ventures

Pharmacy and Public Health Innovations

School-based innovation labs and programs

  • Major private alumni donor gifts fund translational innovations
  • $100M gift by Fred Eshelman to Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • $50M gift by Dennis Gillings to Gillings School of Global Public Health