The accelerator, which unofficially opened its doors in February, is already home to 16 local ventures. These entrepreneurs represent the entire spectrum of the startup process, ranging from college students still developing their business plans to fulltime business owners looking to secure additional funding.
The Launch Chapel Hill Open House is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at 321 W. Rosemary St. The public is invited to tour the center and meet the people behind downtown Chapel Hill’s first startup accelerator to support the successful launch of entrepreneurial companies. A ribbon cutting is set for 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow
While professional golfers vied for the coveted green jacket of The Masters Golf Tournament, MBA students from around the world traveled to Chapel Hill, NC, in the golf-themed international finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).
With more than 100 ventures successfully initiated since 1999 and many of those businesses still in existence, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Launching the Venture program has been helping entrepreneurs at various stages in their business careers for years.
Matt Williamson (MBA ’05) credits much of the success of his startup company Windsor Circle to his UNC Kenan-Flagler education. But the entrepreneur also gets credit for leaving a lasting legacy: UNC Kenan-Flagler’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County through the “House that Kenan-Flagler Built.”
Alum launches burn center with business plan nurtured at UNC Kenan-Flagler.
One of the best parts about being a business school student is that you can reach out to random companies of interest and ask to learn more about what they do. It is the perfect excuse to visit startups, network, and learn about different industries. In business school terms, this falls under the guise of a “career trek.”
We recently spoke with several of our alumni entrepreneurs and CES Director Ted Zoller in a piece for GMAC about the importance of entrepreneurship education. Here are some of the things they said:
Last month, we hosted the 2nd Annual Carolina Challenge Pitch Party at Top of the Hill. The event was also part of UNC’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, which was held from Nov. 12-18th in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation’s yearly GEW initiative which involves over 7 million people in 125 counties.
UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni speak out on the importance of entrepreneurship.
In this blog post, student Corey Barnes (MBA '14) tackles the question, "Can entrepreneurship save the world?"
Bangs Shoes is a for-profit humanitarian brand that supports non-profit organizations built on philosophies of using long-term, sustainable solutions to alleviate poverty and help those in need. Each of the four different shoe styles and colors corresponds to a non-profit that promotes global education, female empowerment, and self-sustainability: D.I.R.T., SOUL Foundation, CHOICE Humanitarian, and Drop In the Bucket.
“Service is the rent we pay for living.” – Marian Wright Edelman
This quote was shared with us by Jayme Knight (MBA ’09), who just completed a Membership Strategy project for Meals on Wheels of Durham using the skills-based matching siteCatchafire. With the help of Catchafire, Jayme is using her business skills and her passion for giving back to make a real impact in the community.
What exactly does it mean to “walk the talk” when it comes to sustainable companies? A group of UNC students recently found the answer when they visited TS Designs in Burlington, North Carolina as part of a UNC Kenan-Flagler Sustainability in Action TREK.
With four out of five of its managing partners being UNC Kenan-Flagler alumni, investment company Plexus Capital takes great pride in focusing on investments and partnerships with middle market businesses that need capital for growth.
When the going gets tough, the tough get innovating. Emerging from the recession, innovators have the upper hand.
UNC Kenan-Flagler professor Ted Zoller has developed software that mines from Standard and Poor’s data to find people who are involved in multiple privately held, high-growth companies.
When William “Call-me-Bill” N. Starling (BSBA ’75) takes a commitment to heart, the world changes for the better. As a medical-technology serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, his passion is the business of saving lives and improving health care.
Ralph Falls Jr. (BSBA '63) combined his innate business acumen, competitive spirit and affinity for hard work with a solid business education. In his resulting career, he helped create the modern medical industry.
UNC Kenan-Flagler has formed a partnership with UNC's medical school to teach doctors and researchers the strategic application of business principles.
Why do some firms willingly take on multifaceted, complex projects? Companies that set speed and efficiency as their goals eventually get to the same level. Why, then, do some companies perform better than the rest, year after year after year?
New research finds that companies that do well frequently rely on heuristics – simple rules of thumb.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Lisa Jones Christensen on Africa as a learning laboratory.
Jawahar Lal (Evening MBA ’08) developed the business plan for eMath360 in UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Launching the Venture program.Next 20 Stories