Explore resources that help you explore your ideas
As a Carolina student, you can learn and practice innovation and entrepreneurship in many different ways. That’s because the University offers a wide variety of tools and resources – courses, competitions, funding, workspaces, and skill-building opportunities – through an interconnected set of programs that are part of our student innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) network. It doesn’t matter what your major is or if you’ve ever considered yourself an innovator or entrepreneur. At UNC, innovation and entrepreneurship are for anyone who wants to put valuable ideas to use for the public good.
Explore our network of resources and join any opportunity that interests you. Once you participate in a program, the partners in our network will work together to support, connect and guide you to new resources to help move your idea forward through different steps along your journey. Check out this I&E student network map for a snapshot of some of the key I&E programs you can plug into and how they fit together.
Ready to put your idea into play, but don’t know where to start? There are more than 30 student-focused resources provided by innovation and entrepreneurship programs at UNC-Chapel Hill that can help you launch your idea and make a social and economic impact. You can find these resources in Innovate Carolina’s resource directory. Explore this directory, and you’ll find:
Internships, fellowships and certificates
The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship believes that learning in the classroom is only one part of the learning process in entrepreneurship. The required internship component allows students to experience real-life scenarios outside of our courses to implement what they have learned. Application required.
The Innovation Internships Program offered throgh the UNC Entrepreneurship Center is an initiative that provides undergraduate and graduate students across campus with paid summer and school-year internship opportunities at high-growth local startups. Application required.
Innovate Carolina’s Venture Catalyst Program selects student fellows from among Carolina MBA students, doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who receive educational and experiential learning opportunities as they work directly with startups to uncover market opportunities and solve business challenges. Application required.
Are you a student who has a venture that you’re ready to take to the next phase of evolution? By joining Launch Chapel Hill’s summer program, you’ll receive $5,000, learning opportunities and mentorship from the Launch Chapel Hill team that will help your startup take the next step. Application required.
This certificate program gives masters and doctoral students an educational pathway to explore modern changemaking and practice the skills they need to help create meaningful change in the world.
As a member of the 1789 innovation community, you can sign up for complimentary office hours with your choice of nearly 20 local entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovation experts. These mentors are ready to help you navigate everything from career decisions to venture creation to business challenges.
The Eship Scholars program at the UNC Entrepreneurship Center was celebrates and supports students from backgrounds and identities underrepresented in entrepreneurship who display the drive and qualities of a successful entrepreneur, but who may not self-identify as an entrepreneur. As a participant, you’ll receive a $5,000 fellowship award and connections to mentors, coaches and industry experts. Application required.
Coaches’ Corner from the UNC Entrepreneurship Center gives you the opportunity to connect directly with alumni entrepreneurs for 30-minute virtual coaching sessions about your ventures and ideas. Sessions, which can lead to long-term mentoring opportunities, are scheduled over a three-week time span.
Ask an Innovator is a digital tool that makes it easy for you to send your questions to a community of Carolina-connected innovators who are ready to assist. It’s free and available for you to use to get online advice whenever you need it.
Want to talk through a business idea with an experienced entrepreneur who knows the UNC entrepreneurship ecosystem? Schedule a virtual coaching session with the UNC Entrepreneurship Center’s resident coach, Chijioge Nwogu (Chi). He’ll connect you to the resources you need to create a winning game plan.
The Shuford Program’s Airtable mentor listing page is a website available to all Shuford students. It includes contact information for a diverse group of professionals (alumni, board members, local business owners, etc..) who have volunteered to help current students with resume reviews, interview practice, networking and industry insights. Students can access this information any time and contact these mentors directly. Application required. Only available to Shuford students (password protected).
Student I&E events
Learn about the entrepreneurial programs and resources on campus, meet mentors and connect to other student innovators.
Grow and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge via a series of talks, competitions and other sessions from Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Review a comprehensive calendar of I&E-related events from programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and partners from across the Triangle region and beyond.
Key I&E contacts for students
If you have a question about a specific resource or how you can participate in UNC-Chapel Hill’s student innovation and entrepreneurship community, contact one of the individuals below.
Student Engagement and Events Program Manager, Innovate Carolina
Assistant Director, Student Engagement, UNC Entrepreneurship Center
Internship Manager, Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship