We believe in purposeful transformations

Innovate Carolina is the University-wide initiative for innovation and entrepreneurship. We help faculty, students and staff at UNC-Chapel Hill move more ideas into the world faster to solve the world’s problems and strengthen the economy. We believe that only through rigorously applying the tools of innovation can we solve society’s most complex challenges.


With a special focus on urgent challenges, Carolina innovators put important ideas to use for the public good.


Ensure that Carolina is a place where innovators thrive.



Seek to be transformational


Be a model for others to follow


Do what is right


Put others first


Build trust


Cross boundaries and be inclusive


Maximize resources


Find a better way

Strategic Plan

To help make our vision and mission realities, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development created a strategic plan that includes six major initiatives. Read the plan and learn how our office, which works under the label Innovate Carolina, leads the network of students, faculty and staff as they work together to tackle the most challenging problems in North Carolina and the world. Our strategic plan reflects our broader innovation strategy, which aligns with the UNC System Plan and the University’s strategic framework “The Blueprint for Next.”

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Commitment to Diversity

The Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (IEED) fully supports, reflects and promotes the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The world’s challenges are increasingly complex, and our ability to find innovative solutions requires diverse communities of people working together. We believe that innovation thrives on diversity: diversity of experience, personal characteristics, background, academic discipline, research and ideas.

IEED is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for our employees and the faculty, students, staff, alumni and all individuals with whom we work and collaborate. We demonstrate this commitment through our programs, services and work practices.

Our office embraces the University’s Policy Statement of Non-Discrimination. This includes valuing diversity in its many forms, including age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

For more information and resources, please visit the UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Post-Chauvin Trial Statement: From the UNC Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development