Launch Chapel Hill is an international award-winning startup accelerator and co-working space located in downtown Chapel Hill that is managed by Innovate Carolina. It was created in 2013 through a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County and a private donor. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to build an early-stage, high-potential business into a self-sustaining enterprise, consider applying to join the program’s next cohort.
UNC-Chapel Hill offers more than 100 courses with content related to innovation and entrepreneurship. These courses are available in a variety of departments and professional schools across the University that build the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset through the study of many academic disciplines, including business, economics, computer science, biomedical engineering, education, public heath, social work, journalism and media, and more. Please check the UNC Course Catalogue for the latest listings of I&E courses.
A wide variety of socially driven organizations and minority- and female-led ventures make a tremendous social and economic impact in communities across the region, state, country and globe. Innovate Carolina is here to support their work. Innovate Carolina has coordinated with entrepreneurial experts to publish a running list of resources available from organizations across the local region, state and country that support minority- and female-led startups and ventures.
The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship supports students through funding in various ways. Once accepted to the program, you can apply for funding for the following purposes: internships, student-led ventures, startups, study-away experiences and professional development. Available funding support has helped students accept internships in New York City, travel with the program to Shanghai, and receive patents for products.
HUSTLE Winston-Salem exists to facilitate and promote a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem by working with both entrepreneurs and community stakeholders. It focuses on and advocate for those that are most at-risk for systematic exclusion or marginalization in the local innovation economy: People of Color, including but not limited to, Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asians, Native Americans, and immigrants; women of all races, ages, classes, backgrounds, and education levels; marginalized neighborhoods for whom entrepreneurial development can serve as a catalyst for needed economic growth or that at risk for gentrification.
Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC
Whether you’re a solo-entrepreneur, remote employee or have a 30-person team, you can take advantage of unique workspaces at American Underground designed to accommodate any stage of your business life cycle. Benefit from a powerful community of thinkers and doers, plus events that help you network, learn and succeed. American Underground also serves as a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub, which offers you unique access to Google and its products. Plus, with one location in Raleigh and three locations in downtown Durham, you can choose from the spot that works best for you.