Launch Chapel Hill Startup Accelerator
Launch Chapel Hill is an international award-winning startup accelerator located in downtown Chapel Hill that is managed by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. If you are entrepreneur who is committed to building an early-stage, high-potential business into a self-sustaining enterprise, consider applying to join the program’s next class of promising innovators. Launch Chapel Hill accepts applications twice a year, and if your venture is selected, you will receive the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease your risk, reduce your go-to-market time and accelerate the growth of your start-up.
Your company will be matched with one of the program’s entrepreneurs-in-residence. These experts will help connect you to resources and provide you with guidance based on their experience as founders and leaders of multiple startups over the course of their careers. You’ll also have access to a first-class collaborative office space as well as marketing, legal and accounting resources.
With an open, flexible workspace conveniently located at 173 E. Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, 1789 Venture Lab is the bridge between your on-campus entrepreneurial activity and the larger world. If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill student or alumnus who is interested in starting your own venture, you can receive special support, including access to relevant mentors, business coaches and essential services (legal, accounting, etc.). You can also take advantage of regular workshops, classes, office hours and events hosted by the 1789 team in partnership with groups like Launch Chapel Hill, the Campus Y, the UNC Minor in Entrepreneurship and the Carolina Challenge.
UNC Be a Maker (BeAM) is a network of makerspaces where the UNC-Chapel Hill community can come together to design and make physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship and recreation. You can participate in open studios, training sessions, workshops, hosted classes and group activities. Enjoy spaces equipped with emerging technologies like 3D printing, lasers and electronics as well as wood and metalworking shops. You’ll find BeAM makerspaces located in Murray Hall, Carmichael Residence Hall, the Kenan Science Library and Hanes Art Center.
If you are working to grow a science- or technology-based startup at Carolina, KickStart Labs provides on-campus wet lab incubator that you can take advantage of. The state-of-the-art facility provides bench space, office space, shared areas (cold-room, hoods) and shared equipment (sinks, distilled water, gases, etc.). The short-term lease and access to capital equipment are ideal options if you have a startup at the SBIR or early venture capital funding stages.
Workroom FashionMash is both a workspace for prototyping and building, as well as a way of thinking. Since 2009, the program has given advertising students in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Media and Journalism School the chance to work directly with fashion and lifestyle brands to envision new ideas. As a student, you’ll work with clients to move beyond the page or screen and bring concepts to life.
Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL)
CHANL, the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory, was established in 2006 as part of the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology. Since then, it has become a part of the Department of Applied Physical Sciences. It operates as a shared instrumentation laboratory open to UNC researchers from all departments as well as to researchers from other universities, government labs and industry.
Research, Innovation and Global Solutions for Public Health
Research, Innovation and Global Solutions empowers faculty members, students and staff at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to solve local and global health problems through research, innovation and practice. It provides guidance and support in the areas of:
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
- Global health
It also manages and provides support for several Gillings programs and initiatives, including programs funded by the Gillings gift.
The E(I) Lab is a six-month experiential program that brings together graduate students, professional students and postdocs from diverse disciplines across UNC to conceive, develop and test innovative solutions to unmet needs in health care. Teams will be given generous financial support to develop the necessary prototypes, be inventors on patents, and be trained in various aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. The top teams receive monetary prizes in addition to potential seed investments.
Reese News Lab
The Reese News Lab is an experimental media and research project based at the UNC School of Media and Journalism focused on developing and testing new ideas for the media industry in the form of a pre-startup. As part of this student team, you research ideas for media products by answering three questions: Can it be done? Does anyone actually need this? And, could it make money? To answer these questions, you collaborate with other students in the lab to create prototypes, interview and survey potential customers and develop business strategies for your product. As you work, you document your recommendations on whether you believe your product will work. Ultimately, you and your team have the chance to present your idea to the public. At Reese News Lab, you get to team with other students who come from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism, business and computer science, among others.
Kenan Science Library Workrooms
The Kenan Science Library has workroom spaces available for you to reserve: two co-working spaces, a “huddle” brainstorming space and four group rooms. The science librarians have offices in this library and are available for consultations, instruction, and customized services for the departments with which they work. If you are a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher in the sciences, they are also available to work with you to develop strategies for preserving and accessing research data.
Computer Science Entrepreneurs’ Lounge
The Timothy L. Quigg Entrepreneurs’ Lounge is a quiet place where budding computer Science entrepreneurs can meet with colleagues from other disciplines. Organizations like the Computer Science Entrepreneurs Club hold events in the space, and technology transfer staff use it to meet with potential licensees for computer science patents and copyrights. It’s also a great place for computer science startup companies to meet, plan and organize. If you’re a member of the computer science faculty, a graduate or undergraduate student, or a staff member, take advantage of this lounge as a place to read, think and create.
Research Hub at the Health Sciences Library
The Research Hub at Health Sciences Library specializes in supporting researchers in the clinical and biomedical sciences at every stage of the research process. It’s a collaborative space that offers UNC researchers the tools and expertise to make their research more connected. If you’re a researcher or part of a research team, you can use the technology-enabled spaces for meetings and can take advantage of expert referrals and training from Hub librarians and campus partners. You’ll also have the chance to participate in informative programming that will improve your ability to collaborate.
Research Hub at Davis Library (GIS and Data Services)
If you’re an innovator or researcher in need of geographical information systems (GIS) and data services, you’ll find them in Research Hub at Davis Library. The Research Hub helps you acquire and use spatial and numeric data from a variety of sources and also gives you a convenient open space for team meetings. If you’re interested in working with data, mapping, texts and technology, the Research Hub supports data investigation, analysis and visualization in many formats. It also gives you access to classroom training, online learning and GIS computing.
Carolina Union Underground
The Carolina Union Underground is a technology-equipped space with modular furniture, private rooms and audio-visual equipment for student teams to use for their work. Looking for a place to get the creative ideas flowing? Check out this high-tech, collaborative lounge area.
Carolina Coworking offers flexible subscription pricing without leases. From coworking day passes to monthly coworking and private office subscriptions, all include access to high-speed internet, laser printing, private call rooms, a spacious kitchen with complimentary gourmet coffee all day, shower and changing room, standup meeting areas, and locked storage. Each private office features two sit-stand desks, comfortable seating and large mobile whiteboards. The Conference Center seats up to 25 and has state-of-the-art digital projection and a 24-foot-wide whiteboard “brain.” Adjacent to UNC-Chapel Hill, Carolina Coworking’s West Franklin Street location is steps away from a variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment.
Check out Carolina Coworking’s Wednesday Workshops on the latest commercialization strategies and office hours with legal, business, investment and mentor capital professionals. All of the organization’s events can be found on its Franklin Street: Disrupt page.
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. Your startup will 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, one of just seven in North America, 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.
Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, HQ Raleigh offers an exciting new workspace and a members-based community for Raleigh’s burgeoning innovation scene. As an HQ Raleigh member, you can gain access to a thriving network of entrepreneurs, mentors, service providers and capital connections. You’ll also enjoy amenities that include turn-key office spaces, co-working spaces, conference rooms, huddle rooms, a cafe space with a full-service kitchen, a bar, and a multi-purpose room for classes, workshops and events.
Looking for a free place to plug in, a private office for your growing company, or something a bit larger in the Research Triangle Park area? It doesn’t matter how big or small your company is, everyone that walks through the doors of The Frontier receives a bevy of benefits and can get connected to the larger local entrepreneurship community. This centrally located convening space in the heart of the Triangle gives you access to Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, events and parking. Even better, you’ll find that most of the space is free.