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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.

Kenan Institute Asia Continues its Regional Expansion and Opens a New Office in Hanoi

The Kenan Institute Asia (Kenan) officially opened its Hanoi office in order to better serve Vietnam’s development needs. Kenan, a Bangkok-based, regional non-profit development organization, will leverage its 18 years of experience in the areas of business and economic development, education, public health and corporate social responsibility (CSR) to address Vietnam’s social and economic development needs.

Six trends that are reshaping business

Jim Johnson sees six disruptive demographic trends that will require change.

MBAs Intern with Hi-Gros and Startups

The Kenan Institute's N.C. Strategic Economic Growth initiative pairs promising hi-growth companies and start-ups with UNC Kenan-Flagler's best MBAs for the Entrepreneur Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP).

“Brand NC” What Should North Carolina Stand For?

The Kenan Institute and the North Carolina Department of Commerce is currently undertaking a major statewide initiative to develop a brand for the State of North Carolina.

May 2 - Basketball Analytics Summit

The Kenan Institute's Sport Entrepreneurship initiative hosts the 2014 Basketball Analytics Summit, engaging with and exploring best practices of leading basketball experts who love, research, and work in the discipline of performance (individual or team) and business analytics

Applications sought for 2013 Social Innovation Challenge

The CUBE, UNC-Chapel Hill’s hub for social innovation, is accepting applications for the 2013 UNC Social Innovation Challenge from aspiring UNC social entrepreneurs interested in launching a venture to solve social or environmental problems.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNC

The Kenan Institute sponsors and UNC-Chapel Hill hosts its second annual Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, occurring Nov. 18-22, 2013.

Bertie County economic visioning project seeks community input

Residents of Bertie County are invited to help create a vision for the county’s economic future during four public forums to be held in July.

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