APPLES Service-Learning Program
APPLES Service-Learning is a student-led program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. Since 1990, APPLES has strengthened civic engagement by bringing together students, faculty and communities in sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships.
This two-day workshop brings biomedical researchers and clinicians from UNC and Duke University together for an overview of life science startups. Day 1 describes the ecosystem and the various players and brings in a number of faculty entrepreneurs to tell their stories. Day 2 gets into the mechanics and decision-making involved in startup. The latter part of Day 2 brings in local entrepreneurs to work one on one with the faculty to help them lay out a 12-month action plan.
Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
A coalition of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and CED, a large local entrepreneurial support organization. It was funded by a $3.62 million grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation for the purpose of creating growth ventures resulting in economic benefit for the region, state, and country. While the Research Triangle Park receives high levels of research investment, its entrepreneurial output lags. The consortium will help the Research Triangle area connect those in the region who are savvy entrepreneurs turned investors and mentors to each other and high-potential entrepreneurs.Â This âDealmakerâ network will function similarly to those found in Silicon Valley and Boston.
Supported By: Chancellor's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Innovate@Carolina
Contact: Sheryl Waddell, Program Director
Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship
Designed for aspiring social change-makers who are interested in providing a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally through the creation of anÂ entrepreneurial project that addresses a community issue or need. The fellowship is named in honor of alumnus Robert Emmet Bryan (1904-1975), a native of NewtonÂ Grove, North Carolina, who was a strong supporter of public service. Fellowship recipients enroll in a service-learning course through public policy and receive up to $1,500 to help launch their idea, access to professional development funds, support from APPLES students and staff and invaluable leadership training and personal development. Up to six team fellowships are awarded each fall for theÂ following calendar year (January – December) with applications due in mid-October. Upon completion of the fellowship year, teams can reapply for a second year of funding of up to $1,000.
A student-led social justice and social innovation organization. More than 2000 students a year work on projects in the local community and around the globe.
Carolina Center for Public Service
The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students, and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the Universityâs public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.
An annual startup competition open to all UNC students, staff, faculty, and alumni with a special focus on fostering entrepreneurship through experiential learning and a comprehensive programmatic offering. In 2012, individuals from 30 different disciplines participated in the competition, which is a testament to its ever-broadening reach and importance to the University community. Entrants compete in one of four tracks: high-tech, low-tech, social, and faculty/staff/alumni.
UNCâs Incubator for Student Creativity.Â The mission of Carolina Creates is to foster innovative creation on campus by providing the resources needed to make ideas happen. Examples of successfully incubated projects include campus organizations like TEDxUNC and Should Does. Carolina Creates is sponsored by Innovate@Carolina and UNC Student Affairs.
A core program of the CTSA-funded NC Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute. The program was developed to provide support for faculty in commercializing biomedical technologies through startup generation.
Carolina KickStart Commercialization Awards
These awards, up to $50,000, help UNC startups meet early milestones in their commercialization efforts. The awards are inherently flexible for early-stage companies and fund both technical activities (validation studies, prototype development) and business activities (market research, IP review).
Center for Global Initiatives
Works across the university to open access to global opportunities.
Chancellor's Student Innovation Team
Student team established as liaison to the Chancellor’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Serves to be a gateway for students to resources.
Community Development Law Clinic
Pro-bono legal services.
Supported By: School of Law
Contact: Tom Kelley, Professor, Director of Clinical Programs
Community Engagement Fellowship
Awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that (1) employ innovative,Â sustainable approaches to complex social needs and (2) have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC-ChapelÂ Hill are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March to October with project implementation occurring primarily during the summer.
Forges partnerships between UNC-Chapel Hill and economically distressed communities in North Carolina. Through CCP, community partners can access the resources and wide-ranging expertise of UNC faculty, students, and staff as they work toward developing their communities. Campus partners can focus their work on real community challenges, in partnership with local leaders and campus colleagues, in order to make a difference in meaningful, relevant, and concrete ways.
Computer Science Entrepreneurs' Lounge
A place for budding entrepreneurs to hold business meetings and brainstorming sessions. It features displays representing each of the Computer Science Department spin-off companies as well as some of our largest technology licensing deals. We envision this facility being used by students and faculty in computer science as well as our colleagues in other departments on campus. It is a resource for the Computer Science Entrepreneurs’ Club and will hopefully be used by the Business School Entrepreneurs’ Club, the Law School Intellectual Property Club and similar campus organizations.
Davis Projects for Peace
Davis Projects for Peace is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each.Â The program is made possible by the late Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2007 by committing $1 million for 100 projects for peace. She was so pleased with the outcome that she has continued funding these projects.Â For more information, visit theÂ Davis Projects for Peace website.
Development Finance Initiative
Partners with local governments in North Carolina to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise. DFI partners with communities on projects including: building reuse, community development, downtown revitalization, economic development, neighborhood redevelopment, and small business finance. DFI services support implementation of local community and economic development priorities that require private investment.
Supported By: School of Government
Contact: Will Lambe
Kenan Flagler Business School Certificate In Entrepreneurship
For returning professionals, the Certificate courses teach the essentials of entrepreneurship.
Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps
Places graduate students from UNC-Chapel Hill in regional organizations serving low-capacity municipalities across the state, leveraging the assets of the University by helping small towns plan for and gain access to critical federal and state funding.
Emerging Company Showcase
This event, produced in conjunction with Innovate@Carolina, RENCI, OTD and the Kenan-Flagler Business school, showcases companies spinning out of UNC. An hour of short companies in two tracks is followed by several hours of networking where entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, and service providers meet with each company. With attendance in excess of 300, this provides an excellent way to connect the companies with potential management and capital.
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Nationally recognized leader in progressive pharmaceutical care practice, education, and research. The School has a strong focus onÂ entrepreneurship through the Office of Entrepreneurial Development and Global EngagementÂ Â (the EDGE Office).
Contact:Â Nicole Schwerbrock, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow
Encourages an entrepreneurial mindset and helps maximize faculty impact. Managed by a cross-disciplinary team of experienced entrepreneurship educators, it is a four-day workshop for faculty who are invited by the Chancellor.
Executive Director: Professor Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovation
Supported By: Vice Chancellor of Commercialization and Economic Development, The School of Education
Contact: Jackie Lawrence, Program Director
Honors First Year Seminar in Entrepreneurship
Small class to learn about the entrepreneurial mindset.
Gillings Innovation Labs
Focus on solving significant public health challenges with fundamental breakthroughs in public health, through competitively funded research, teaching, and practice innovations.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Supported By: Chancellor's Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Contact: Mathilde Verdier, Social Innovation Incubator Program Coordinator
UNC Ideation, a Carolina Creates community, is focused on enabling creativity across campus. Our events will have you connect with and create alongside new people and equip you with the skills to innovate.
Impact Investment Competition
Began at UNC in 1998 as an educational event for MBAs to learn about venture funding. Now in its 15th year, IIC® has evolved into an international marketplace for entrepreneurs seeking investors and training ground for future venture capitalists. At the core of the IIC competition is a creative turn of the tables. Unlike business plan competitions in which students pitch their own ideas to investors, at IIC the students are the investors, and real entrepreneurs pitch to them. Students must invest in one venture and negotiate the terms of their deal with the chosen entrepreneur.Â Add to the mix a dozen VC judges who are there to observe and critique their individual performances.
Chancellor's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Serves as a catalyst for the campus and as a liaison to external audiences. Its goal is to strengthen a culture of innovation & entrepreneurship.
KickStart Innovation Fellowships
Two types of Innovation Fellowships: Business Fellow and Technology Fellow. The Business Fellow is a recent MBA graduate who is given access to UNCâs early-stage pipeline to find a startup opportunity or work with an existing early-stage company. Â The Technology Fellow is a recent Ph.D. Student or post-doc who has worked in the lab of a technology which is beingÂ spun out. The fellowship provides time for the fellow to write grants and develop the technology further. Â These programs both facilitate UNC startups but also create aÂ means for training and retaining young entrepreneurial talent in this region.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship ECON 105
A large, multidisciplinary format for Introduction to Entrepreneurship in response to student demand taught by John Akin, Buck Goldstein and Holden Thorp. The class is open to all undergraduates and began in fall 2012.
These awards ($3,000-5,000 per year) will be given to students enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship through a competitive process. Recipients will be selected by a committee that is appointed by the Director of the Minor. Students applying for the award must have a stated interest in launching their own ventures, whether while enrolled at the University or following their graduation, and must submit a written proposal that demonstrates how a JNO Award will assist them in this project. Working closely with faculty and staff as they develop their respective business plans, recipients can use their awards for research, travel, and internship opportunities as well as for initial start-up funding.
Kenan Institute - Sport Entrepreneurship
Sport is a major industry that has truly captivated our society. The commercialization and marketing of the sport industry has increased its touch on virtually every aspect of the economy. It is critical to examine sport not only because of its economic impact but because the industry is omnipresent, media coverage has increased dramatically, and many sport stars are role models who influence our youth. Kenan Institute Sport seeks to support and create solutions to BIG challenges in the sport industry. We desire better leadership, better fan experiences, and better technologies.
Teams of students from the sciences (Ph.D., post-doc), the law school and the business school work together to provide an initial assessment of a UNC technology. Working with a local entrepreneur as coach, the teams assess the IP, technical risk, and market feasibility of the technology.
The on-campus wet-lab incubator provides space for UNC startups. The state-of-the-art facility provides bench space, office space, shared areas (cold-room, hoods) and shared equipment. The short-term lease and access to capital equipment is ideal for startups with SBIR or early VC funding. Genome Bldg., Lineberger Innovation Labs (MEJ)
KickStart New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO)
For many startups, providing advice and making the right connections are enough to get a startup launched. Others need more support. The NEO program is setup to support these faculty members with very early-stage technology. NEO provides a number of services to help form, launch, and grow the company: incorporation and documentation, consultants for SBIR grants and providing an evaluation of the technology, and recruitment of the CEO.
Launch Chapel Hill Startup Accelerator
Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator located in Downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Twice a year we accept a new class of high-potential entrepreneurs who are committed to building their early-stage, high-potential businesses into self-sustaining enterprises. Launch provides the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate the growth of your start-up.
Launching the Venture
A series of courses that help faculty, staff and students from across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus turn new ideas into viable ventures. The Launch program is designed to be an intense academic exercise that teaches students a replicable process for evaluating and launching new ventures. It also aspires to instill a lifelong entrepreneurial mindset which transcends the classroom experience.
North Carolina Local Government Service Corps
The Local Government Service Corps is designed to provide assistance to small towns throughout the state. Graduates from top Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs serve for two years, providing hands-on economic development and capacity-building assistance to small towns with populations of fewer than 5,000 that do not have a manager.
Supported By: School of Government
Contact: Will Lambe
Minor in Entrepreneurship in the College of Arts & Sciences
The Minor has tracts in social, commercial, artistic, and scientific entrepreneurship. Practicing entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, venture lawyers, and others with the most current and relevant knowledge on specific entrepreneurial topics co-teach the courses with a noted academic. It is designed to promulgate a broad definition of entrepreneurial thinking and help make UNC an engine of innovation. Capped at 100 students a year, it includes a mandatory internship in an entrepreneurial venture.
The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, the integrated home of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program at UNC, is supported through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Consortium members share a common vision to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and to engage communities in clinical research efforts.
Office of Technology Development workshops
OTD offers various workshops. The Innovations Seminar is monthly and is followed by a networking event held at Top of the Hill.
Hyatt Rotary Public Service Awards
The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, âService above Self.â The award, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, is named for the late Dr. Ronald W. Hyatt, professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others. The Carolina Center for Public Service administers this award.Â Two awards will be given this year, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds.
Reese News Lab
The Reese News Lab is an experimental media and research project based at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication focused on developing and testing new ideas for the media industry in the form of a “pre-startup.” Our team of students researches ideas for media products by answering three questions: Can it be done? Does anyone actually need this? And, could it make money? To answer these questions, students create prototypes, interview and survey potential customers, and develop business strategies for their products. Students document their recommendations on whether they believe a product will work and then present their ideas to the public. All of our projects are developed and tested by a staff of undergraduate and graduate students. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds including journalism, business and computer science, among others.
Research and Innovation Solutions
Guides faculty and students as they explore innovative & entrepreneurial ideas.Â Promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and research through advocacy, services, and focused funding from the Gillings gift.
Kenan Institute - Tech Commercialization Carolina
We locate information and provide analysis to support development of your idea into working technology and IP. We assist faculty researchers and entrepreneurs with support services designed to increase technology commercialization through licensing and new venture creation. We pair NC companies with MBA students to solve specific issues they may be experiencing.
TEDxUNC is an annual conference held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that brings together innovative thinkers from across the university and larger community to explore ideas for our collective future. The conference is completely planned and executed by a committee of about 35 UNC-Chapel Hill students.
Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars
The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning community along with the faculty and community course directors to support one anotherâs projects and community partners. The growing network of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars reports outcomes including new interdisciplinary collaborations, successful grant applications and both traditional and non-traditional products of their scholarship.Â Dr. Ronald Strauss serves as faculty director and Mr. Melvin Jackson as community director.
The UNC Healthcare and UNC School of Medicine Center for Innovation is a space for experimentation in the service of creative disruption of health care delivery. It provides support for bringing great ideas to implementation, a forum for the formation of public-private partnerships, and a learning laboratory for internal and external partners to test their visions for promoting a healthier future. The Center for Innovation wishes to partner with innovative organizations and individuals to transform the nationâs health care delivery system, and we invite you to contact us to discuss collaborative opportunities.
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is committed to developing transformative entrepreneurial leaders as founders, funders and growth executives. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES),founded in 1997 through the generosity of Frank Hawkins Kenan, offers a comprehensive array of curricular and co-curricular programs under the rubric Learn-Launch-Lead (L3)™ to develop skills and direct experience not found at other business schools. Our broad-spectrum entrepreneurship curriculum fosters our collaborative, hands-on and results-driven learning environment to build an entrepreneurial mindset. And, our commitment extends beyond graduation to support career transitions through our global network of alumni mentors and coaches.
Carolina Union Underground
Technology equipped space with module furniture for team work.
VCIC (Venture Capital Investment Competition)
The Venture Capital Investment Competition® began in the middle of the technology bubble in 1998 as an educational event for MBAs to learn about venture funding. Now, nearly 20 years later, VCIC® has evolved into a marketplace for entrepreneurs seeking investors and a training ground for future venture capitalists. Each year, VCIC includes 50 events on three continents, and serves 1,200 MBA students, 175 venture capitalists and 125 entrepreneurs. The program is akin to a network of mini-venture fairs, wherein about a quarter of the entrepreneurs who present go on to raise venture funding.
CUBE Social Innovation Incubator
Opened in 2012 with four resident teams. Annual competition for mentoring, space, and other resources for social innovators.