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Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

Launch Chapel Hill Startup Accelerator

Launch Chapel Hill is an international award-winning startup accelerator located in downtown Chapel Hill that is managed by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. If you are entrepreneur who is committed to building an early-stage, high-potential business into a self-sustaining enterprise, consider applying to join the program’s next class of promising innovators. Launch Chapel Hill accepts applications twice a year, and if your venture is selected, you will receive the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease your risk, reduce your go-to-market time and accelerate the growth of your start-up.

Your company will be matched with one of the program’s entrepreneurs-in-residence. These experts will help connect you to resources and provide you with guidance based on their experience as founders and leaders of multiple startups over the course of their careers. You’ll also have access to a first-class collaborative office space as well as marketing, legal and accounting resources.

Dina Rousset

Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Program Manager of Launch Chapel Hill
919.423.2770
Launch Chapel Hill, 321 W. Rosemary St., UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Students

1789 Venture Lab

With an open, flexible workspace conveniently located at 173 E. Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, 1789 Venture Lab is the bridge between your on-campus entrepreneurial activity and the larger world. If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill student or alumnus who is interested in starting your own venture, you can receive special support, including access to relevant mentors, business coaches and essential services (legal, accounting, etc.). You can also take advantage of regular workshops, classes, office hours and events hosted by the 1789 team in partnership with groups like Launch Chapel Hill, the Campus Y, the UNC Minor in Entrepreneurship and the Carolina Challenge.

Stefano Rivera

Program Assistant, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
1789 Venture Lab, 173 1/2 E. Franklin St., UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Students

Gillings Innovation Labs

The Gillings Innovation Labs focus on achieving fundamental breakthroughs in public health. If you’re a faculty member who has a primary appointment in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, you are eligible to apply for one of the annual awards offered by the program. The award will allow you to engage in cutting-edge research, translate interventions to high-impact settings, and develop novel technologies or methodologies that improve public health, locally and globally.

As a principal investigator (PI), you are encouraged to involve Gillings or other UNC-Chapel Hill students in your project. Your proposal may also include a co-PI from another department or school at Carolina.

Julie MacMillan

Managing Director, Research and Innovation Solutions
919.843.3952
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 104 Rosenau Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

CUBE Social Innovation Incubator

At the CUBE, UNC-Chapel Hill’s social innovation incubator, students and faculty tackle pressing social issues. Pilot funding provided by CUBE since 2013 has helped build numerous companies – a mix of LLCs and 501c3s – working on a variety of issues: food security, clean water, clean tech, offering safe late-night transportation via electric vehicles, improving arts and STEM education, providing vocational training for young adults with autism, and many more. While not every social venture incubated in CUBE spins off into a sustainable enterprise, many do.

If you have an idea for a social venture, you can apply to enter the CUBE program through a competitive process. If your venture is selected, you can receive seed funding, mentoring, co-working space, pro-bono support services, expert feedback from nationally renowned social entrepreneurs, and the individualized assistance you need to create a successful social enterprise.

Laura Fieselman

UNC Social Innovation Initiative and CUBE Coordinator
919.213.9928
The Campus Y, 180 A E. Cameron Ave., UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

KickStart Labs

If you are working to grow a science- or technology-based startup at Carolina, KickStart Labs provides on-campus wet lab incubator that you can take advantage of. The state-of-the-art facility provides bench space, office space, shared areas (cold-room, hoods) and shared equipment (sinks, distilled water, gases, etc.). The short-term lease and access to capital equipment are ideal options if you have a startup at the SBIR or early venture capital funding stages.

Don Rose

919.843.5263
Kenan Labs, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Graduate Students and Post-Docs

E(I) Lab

The E(I) Lab is a six-month long experiential program that brings together graduate students, professional students and postdocs from diverse disciplines across UNC to conceive, develop and test innovative solutions to unmet needs in healthcare. Teams will be given generous financial support to develop the necessary prototypes, be inventors on patents, and be trained in various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. The top teams receive monetary prizes in addition to potential seed investments.

Sam Lai

Associate Professor and Director, Pharmacoengineering Program
919.966.3024
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Marsico Hall 4213, 125 Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

BeAM Makerspaces

UNC Be a Maker (BeAM) is a network of makerspaces where the UNC-Chapel Hill community can come together to design and make physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. You can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, hosted classes and group activities. Enjoy spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing, lasers and electronics as well as wood and metalworking shops. You’ll find BeAM makerspaces located in Murray Hall, the Kenan Science Library and Hanes Art Center.

Charlie Cummings

Program Manager, BeAM
984.215.1040
1129 Murray Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate Students

Workroom FashionMash

Workroom FashionMash is both a work space for prototyping and building, as well as a way of thinking. Since 2009, the program has given advertising students in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Media and Journalism School the chance to work directly with fashion and lifestyle brands to envision new ideas. As a student, you’ll work with clients to move beyond the page or screen and bring concepts to life.

Dana McMahan

Professor of the Practice, UNC School of Media and Journalism
919.843.5851
Workroom FashionMash, 149 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC

Students

Reese News Lab

The Reese News Lab is an experimental media and research project based at the UNC School of Media and Journalism focused on developing and testing new ideas for the media industry in the form of a pre-startup. As part of this student team, you research 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, you collaborate with other students in the lab to create prototypes, interview and survey potential customers and develop business strategies for your product. As you work, you document your recommendations on whether you believe your product will work. Ultimately, you and your team have the chance to present your idea to the public. At Reese News Lab, you get to team with other students who come from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism, business and computer science, among others.

Ryan Thornburg

Reese Felts Distinguished Professor, Associate Professor, Executive Director of Reese News Lab
919.537.3681
UNC School of Media and Journalism, 77 Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

Kenan Science Library Workrooms

The Kenan Science Library has workroom spaces available for you to reserve: two co-working spaces, a “huddle” brainstorming space and four group rooms. The science librarians have offices in this library and are available for consultations, instruction, and customized services for the departments with which they work. If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher in the sciences, they are also available to work with you to develop strategies for preserving and accessing research data.

Danianne Mizzy

Head of Kenan Science Information Services
919.962.3946
Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

Computer Science Entrepreneurs’ Lounge

The Timothy L. Quigg Entrepreneurs’ Lounge is a quiet place where budding computer Science entrepreneurs can meet with colleagues from other disciplines. Organizations like the Computer Science Entrepreneurs Club hold events in the space, and technology transfer staff use it to meet with potential licensees for computer science patents and copyrights. It’s also a great place for computer science startup companies to meet, plan and organize. If you’re a member of the computer science faculty, a graduate or undergraduate student, or a staff member, take advantage of this lounge as a place to read, think and create.

Michael Fern

Associate Chair for Business Affairs, Computer Science Department
919.590.6077
Department of Computer Science (Lower Lobby), Sitterson Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

Research Hub at the Health Sciences Library

The Research Hub at Health Sciences Library specializes in supporting researchers in the clinical and biomedical sciences at every stage of the research process. It’s a collaborative space that offers UNC researchers the tools and expertise to make their research more connected. If you’re a researcher or part of a research team, you can use the technology-enabled spaces for meetings and can take advantage of expert referrals and training from Hub librarians and campus partners. You’ll also have the chance to participate in informative programming that will improve your ability to collaborate.

Nandita Mani

Director, UNC Health Sciences Library
919.966.2111
Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, 335 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill, NC

Faculty, Faculty & Staff, Staff, Students

Research Hub at Davis Library (GIS and Data Services)

If you’re an innovator or researcher in need of geographical information systems (GIS) and data services, you’ll find them in Research Hub at Davis Library. The Research Hub helps you acquire and use spatial and numeric data from a variety of sources and also gives you a convenient open space for team meetings. If you’re interested in working with data, mapping, texts and technology, the Research Hub supports data investigation, analysis and visualization in many formats. It also gives you access to classroom training, online learning and GIS computing.

Amanda Henley

Head of Digital Research Services, UNC Digital Research Services
919.962.3704
Davis Library (Second Floor), UNC-Chapel Hill, 208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, NC

Students

Carolina Union Underground

The Carolina Union Underground is a technology-equipped space with modular furniture, private rooms and audio-visual equipment for student teams to use for their work. Looking for a place to get the creative ideas flowing? Check out this high-tech, collaborative lounge area.

Scott Hudson

Senior Associate Director, Facility Management, Carolina Union
919.962.1555
Carolina Union, UNC-Chapel Hill, 3103 South Rd., Chapel Hill, NC