At Carolina, innovation means economic engagement
Inovate Carolina was integral in UNC’s designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University
With the creation of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, UNC has added innovation and entrepreneurship to its long-time priority of economic development and has worked to embed them throughout the University through increased collaboration, structural reorganization, and improved communication. Combining Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development (IEED) and elevating it to a top university priority is a critical step in realizing UNC’s vision and mission as a university established for the public good.
It became clear that the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) designation would be integral in propelling UNC forward in its mission to becoming a university for the public good.
The IEP designation recognizes that UNC is a premier institution in the field of innovation and economic engagement. To receive the designation, Innovate Carolina led UNC to implement the required framework.
The IEP designation is helping to advance strategic priorities at Carolina
UNC hopes to use the APLU framework to renew UNC’s commitment to the state it serves, strengthen UNC’s innovation ecosystem, reframe UNC’s narrative around economic engagement and create opportunities for increased collaborations with internal and external partners. Learn more by exploring Innovate Carolina’s I&E impact dashboard and the University’s strategic initiatives and opportunities described in Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good.