Celebrate the now. Discover the new. Imagine the next.
Wednesday, April 14 | 4 – 6 p.m. | Zoom webinar
Taking your innovation to the edge and making an impact requires more than waiting on an idea to percolate in isolation. It requires coming together with a community of other innovators. Sharing your inventive thinking. And finding new insights to help push your ideas forward, faster. When you attend the Innovation Showcase hosted by Innovate Carolina, you meet the most enterprising innovators from UNC-Chapel Hill and the local entrepreneurial community. Join with us as we celebrate the work of faculty, students, alumni and local business founders who have combined ingenuity and hard work to make a human and economic impact.
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Mayor Pam Hemminger and other leaders will kick off a special celebration: the 10-year anniversary of the Innovate Carolina roadmap, which established today’s active network of people and programs that help innovators and ventures make their ideas work.
- Research-Based Startups. Faculty-founded startups based on University intellectual property that are working with KickStart Venture Services will pitch the technologies they’re moving from lab to market.
- Regional Startup Community. Startup companies from the international award-winning Launch Chapel Hill accelerator share the valuable ideas they are developing and using to make an economic impact in local region and beyond.
- Student Innovations. Top student innovation teams from the 1789 Student Innovation Community that have high rankings in entrepreneurial competitions, received innovation awards, and demonstrated the highest levels of engagement in the UNC innovation network will present ideas and ventures aimed at economic and social impact.
- Humanities and Social Science Innovations. Faculty recipients of the C. Felix Harvey Award will present how they are using humanities and/or social sciences methods or approaches to address real-world challenges.
- Convergent Science. Teams of faculty and researchers with diverse areas of expertise who have collaborated across disciplines through the UNC Institute for Convergent Science and North Carolina Policy Collaboratory will share how they are working to help solve complex problems related to COVID-19, economic vitality and other pressing challenges.
- UNC Finals for Map the Systems Global Competition. Carolina students who are participating in the final preliminary round of the global Map the System competition hosted by Oxford University’s Said School of Business will present the systems maps they are creating to solve a variety of social and environmental problems.
Startup and innovation pitches
Check back to learn about the latest teams of faculty, students, alumni and local entrepreneurs that you’ll hear present during the showcase.