Launching the Venture
Launching the Venture is a series of intense, hands-on courses spanning the academic year designed to help UNC students, faculty, and staff turn their startup ideas into viable ventures. Since its inception in 1999, Launch has aided in the creation of over sixty startups.
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The Carolina Challenge is an annual startup competition open to all UNC-affiliated individuals which awards $50K in prize money each year to the most promising early-stage ventures. The Challenge also hosts a variety of preparatory events and workshops throughout the academic year to educate students about entrepreneurship.
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Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC®)
Founded at Kenan-Flagler in 1998, VCIC attracts 1,200 MBA students from 60 different business schools around the world. VCIC provides MBA students with a unique learning opportunity to learn about venture capital funding by acting as VCs and evaluating real startup ventures.
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Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund
The Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund is a student-run fund with more than $4.4 million of committed capital under management. To date, the fund has invested in 26 portfolio companies and exited 5 portfolio companies. Launched in 2007, the fund was the first and only student-run fund associated with a top-tier global business school that seeks to provide real returns to its limited partners.
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Coffee for Eight
Coffee for Eight (C48) offers eight select business students the opportunity to network and interact with a successful, high-impact entrepreneurial guest in an open discussion over coffee. This intimate setting provides students with a forum in which to seek honest advice and mentorship about entrepreneurial careers.
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