Connecting Carolina investors with up-and-coming companies

Great business concepts will only get you so far. Founders of young companies all understand that an infusion of early investment funding and the guidance from entrepreneurial advisers is essential.   

Explore the Carolina Angel Netork

The Carolina Angel Network (CAN) is part of the Innovate Carolina team and brings together the UNC-Chapel Hill entrepreneurial community, University alumni network and innovative private companies to empower the businesses that drive our future. Its mission is to support the Carolina entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform that engages the power of our alumni network. The CAN operational team and investment platform exist within the UNC Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and works in partnership with the UNC School of Law and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

The Carolina Angel Network actively engages and matches UNC-Chapel Hill alumni network expertise with portfolio companies to support growth and success. The global Carolina community offers a uniquely powerful opportunity for networking and guidance from industry experts and successful entrepreneurial leaders. CAN members work actively to connect CAN portfolio companies with the UNC-Chapel Hill network to foster collaboration and further success.

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For Investors

Be part of a network of successful alumni, donors and friends of UNC-Chapel Hill who are passionate about helping early-stage companies managed by Carolina alumni. You must be an accredited investor by SEC standards but can become an affiliate member if you don’t meet that standard.
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For Entrepreneurs

As a UNC-affiliated entrepreneur, you can submit your investment documents and pitch deck, present to the CAN screening committee, participate in CAN’s due diligence process, and engage with member investors who express interest.
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Investment Portfolio

Explore the variety of Carolina-connected ventures that CAN members have invested in, including companies focused on consumer products, new technologies, medical devices, therapeutics and other innovations.

If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, trainee or staff member who is building a venture that commercializes or develops IP-based technologies or inventions, you should also explore the Carolina Research Ventures Fund, which provides early-stage capital and industry expertise.

Connect with our team

Our Carolina Angel Network team is happy to help connect Carolina entrepreneur community with Tar Heel investors to build our economic future.  

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Randy Myers

Managing Director, Carolina Angel Network
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Hallie French

Administrative Support Specialist, Carolina Angel Network