Launch Chapel Hill

With the support of partners, Launch Chapel Hill maximizes the potential of start-ups and creates jobs in Orange County through its 16-week business accelerator program for high-impact startups and early-stage ventures. The program includes networking, mentorship, tech resources, mentorship, office space, and learning opportunities.

1789 Venture Lab

1789 is the central hub of innovation at UNC, powered by Innovate Carolina. Designed for collaboration, 1789 offers co-working space where students, entrepreneurs, their teams, faculty, mentors, and clubs all come together to push beyond the edge of what others consider possible.


CUBE provides social entrepreneurs at Carolina with a number of interconnected benefits: capacity building outside the classroom; elite coaching and mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs; co-working space; and seed funding for venture development.


UNC’s two week-long Makeathon is a creative, cross-campus competition which accelerates innovative ideas into physical and digital prototypes that promote positive social impact. Students form academically diverse teams of 3-5 members who compete in one of two tracks: digital or physical product development.

Carolina Challenge

As UNC’s flagship venture competition, the Carolina Challenge gives students the chance to win seed funding for their early-stage idea. Approximately $50K in total prize money is distributed amongst the most promising ventures each year in both profit and non-profit/social tracks.

Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship

This minor is designed for students who wish to remain in another discipline but who have an interest in the process of entrepreneurship. The minor will provide the student with the background to undertake entrepreneurial activity in either the business or social realm.

SIE Lab @ School of Social Work

The Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Lab at UNC School of Social Work supports students and faculty in exploring, designing, and implementing new ways of addressing complex social problems. SIE Lab has helped Master of Social Work students launch social venture startups and offers space for meetings and co-working within the School.
Dana McMahan works with students on the Fashion Good initiative  and is professor of the  practice in the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

MEITE @ School of Education

MEITE is a professional master's degree program for students pursuing careers in the educational technology industry. The program features coursework customized to your interests and an internship with an innovative company in the Research Triangle, which will provide opportunities to research, design, and assess leading-edge edtech.

Dreamers Who Do

Dreamers-Who-Do awards provide financial support for student projects, programs and guest speakers that help Carolina students learn what it means to be innovators and entrepreneurs and gives them opportunities to put those insights into practice.

Women's Innovation Council

The WIC exists to empower and accelerate women in their entrepreneurial and professional efforts while encouraging collaboration among other groups. Members of WIC identify barriers to female innovation on campus and gather community perspectives.

Map the System

Map the System is a competition that challenges students to research issues from a systems perspective. Finalists will have the chance to compete for cash prizes in this prestigious competition organized by Said Business School, University of Oxford with all expenses covered.

Reese Innovation Lab @ Hussman

The Reese Innovation Lab works to create and share novel and immersive storytelling experiences that engage audiences by leveraging new technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality with unique, research-based perspectives.