2018 UNC Innovation Showcase

Thursday, April 12 | Chapel Hill, NC

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

Taking your innovation to the edge 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.

Attend the 2018 Innovation Showcase hosted by Innovate Carolina, and you’ll meet the most enterprising faculty, student and alumni innovators from UNC-Chapel Hill. Join with us as we explore the theme “On the Heels of Innovation.” In doing so, we’ll celebrate the work of innovators and entrepreneurs who have combined creativity and hard work to go beyond the expected and make the greatest human and economic impact possible.

On the agenda

Thursday, April 12
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

4:30 p.m.  Investor cocktail hour
5:30 p.m.  Opening remarks

6:00 p.m.  Innovator presentations and pitches

7:00 p.m.  Exhibit hall and networking reception

Pitch makes perfect

This year, 40 elite ventures will be selected from among the top innovators at Carolina. These top student, faculty and alumni teams will pitch their latest innovations and ideas for commercial and social ventures. For the venture teams, this is a chance to pitch to investors, make connections and spark interest in their ideas. For attendees in the investment and entrepreneurial communities, it’s an opportunity to visit multiple pitch sessions and learn about a variety of ideas with breakthrough potential.

Conversations and connections

During the showcase, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make personal connections. After the innovator pitch 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 pitches – plus many more 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.

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 12
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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