UNC Innovation Showcase

The 2020 Innovation Showcase has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

UPDATE: The 2020 Innovation Showcase has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Celebrate the now. Discover the new. Imagine the next.

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 the greatest human and economic impact possible.

Check out the 2019 showcase snapshot to experience the stats, sights and sounds from last year.

On the agenda

The 2020 Innovation Showcase has been canceled according to University policy regarding COVID-19 concerns.

The agenda for next year’s showcase will be published in early 2021.

Pitch makes perfect

A group of elite ventures and research projects will be selected from among the top innovations at Carolina and in the local community. These teams will present their startup companies, social ventures and leading-edge research initiatives. For the teams, it’s a chance to pitch to investors, make connections and spark interest in their ideas. For those in the investment and entrepreneurial communities, it’s an opportunity to learn about ideas with breakthrough potential.

Conversations and connections

During the showcase, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make personal connections. After the presentations, our networking reception takes place in an exhibit space that gives you the chance to have personal conversations with many of the venture teams that gave presentation – plus many more researchers and emerging ventures that are working on exciting concepts. Stop by and ask questions. View demos. And dig deeper into the innovative potential of each idea.

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UNC Program Participants

Faculty and student venture teams represent programs that are part of the Innovate Carolina Network. These programs provide space, funding, mentoring, coaching and other tools that help innovators at UNC put their ideas into action.

KickStart Venture Services

Helps UNC-Chapel Hill faculty form, develop and grow startup companies based on University intellectual property

Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship

An undergraduate minor that helps students think entrepreneurially and gives them the skills to start their own ventures

Launch Chapel Hill

An international award-winning startup accelerator located in downtown Chapel Hill

Research, Innovation and Global Solutions in Public Health

Empowers faculty members, students and staff at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to solve local and global health problems

Department of Biomedical Engineering

A unique collaboration between North Carolina’s two flagship universities: UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University


UNC-Chapel Hill’s social innovation incubator where students and faculty tackle pressing social issues

1789 Venture Lab

A central hub with 40 co-working spaces for student entrepreneurs focused on creating and scaling great startups

Innovate Carolina

A cross-campus alliance that ensures that people at UNC-Chapel Hill have the tools and resources they need to put their ideas into action

Date and Time

Thursday, April 9
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599