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Y Combinator is coming to UNC on Tuesday, January 26th

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

UNC-Chapel Hill is set to host its fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, occurring Nov. 16-21, 2015

Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week worldwide celebrates innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. It has grown to more than 160 countries, reaching more than 10 million people across the globe.

Greg Brown named Kenan Institute director

Brown will build on the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise’s legacy of economic development, global competitiveness and entrepreneurship.

Greg Brown: Innovating in education and outreach

The finance professor is an academic entrepreneur and leader.

Kenan Institute launches tech commercialization center

TCC supports N.C. innovators and inventors with training, launch support and funding.

Grants fund collaboration across Kenan Institutes

The Kenan Creative Collaboratory funds innovative research, teaching and problem-solving at the intersection of private enterprise, engineering, technology and science, arts and ethics.

Kenan Institute receives grant for tech commercialization

The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a challenge grant to fund Technology Commercialization Carolina.

Basketball Analytics Summit will be held April 17-18

The event features panel discussions, research presentations, networking and a case competition with college and professional basketball experts and corporate partners.

Kenan Creative Collaboratory to connect Kenan Institutes

The program will fund projects innovative research, teaching and problem-solving at the intersection of the institutes' work.

Kenan Institute offers patent and market strategy program

The program is open to UNC inventors as well as startups, small businesses and other universities.

UNC teams compete in Neuro Startup Challenge

Four teams of PhD students were selected to compete in the National Institutes of Health's Neuro Startup Challenge.

NCGrowth students collaborate with N.C. firms

NCGrowth student analysts report on economic development projects for companies in five N.C. counties.

Initiative promotes technology commercialization at UNC

The Kenan Institute announces an initiative for the entrepreneurial commercialization of technology at UNC.

Jim Johnson to give UNC commencement address

His selection continues Carolina’s tradition of highlighting outstanding faculty as speakers at the December Commencement.

This November: Third Annual Global Entrepreneurship Week

UNC-Chapel Hill is set to host its third annual Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, occurring Nov. 17-22, 2014.

Entrepreneurship in Practice

Whether it is cultivating cross campus partnerships, helping entrepreneurs evaluate patent and market landscapes, or presenting MBA students with business development opportunities, the Kenan Institute continues to support translating research into commercial products. We are a partner for innovative entrepreneurship.

Making "Big Data" Work for Boeing

Increasing "digitalization" of just about everything is transforming manufacturing, retail, and government organizations alike. These organizations are harnessing new sources of data—from big data to social media—to rethink how they design, develop and deliver their products and services to their customers. The Kenan Institute's Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation has been at the forefront of this digital wave.

Pig Power in Eastern North Carolina

The Kenan Institute in close partnership with Duke University's Carbon Offsets Initiative and with UNC's Department of City and Regional Planning has begun to investigate the potential to develop swine waste resources for electricity production and other uses.

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