Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
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Knowledge, connections, and support for students to become entrepreneurs and future business leaders.

UNC-CH students are a critical part of the partnership equation that will help elevate North Carolina as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn how students are getting involved with the institute through projects and other experiences!

We offer a variety of interdisciplinary opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students:

Kenan Scholars Program

Formerly the Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows

Each year, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise selects a small group of incoming MBA students as Kenan Scholars.

This elite group of students are recognized for their superior scholarship and genuine interest in putting academics into action, and, as Kenan Scholars, have a unique opportunity to supplement their classroom learning with hands-on leadership and research experiences. This world-class, transformative educational experience enables Kenan Scholars to immerse themselves in a collaborative environment where their subject knowledge, technical skills, individual leadership, and professional talents are challenged and further developed through action learning and active engagement in applied research at the Kenan Institute.

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Meet our past Leadership Fellows!

Minor in Entrepreneurship

An interdisciplinary minor in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to think and act entrepreneurially. Students will gain knowledge and skills to start successful ventures of all kinds: commercial, social, scientific, artistic and sport. The Sport Track was introduced by the Kenan Institute in 2012 as part of our new emphasis on this field. This experiential education guides students through the process of creating ventures related to the science and business of sport, from app development and marketing to products advancing safety and exercise. Throughout the course, students work in groups applying lean startup and business plan principles for a sport venture of their own creation.

Visit the College of Arts and Sciences for more information.

Basketball Analytics Summit

Kenan Institute Sport is hosting this new event that will assist in the promotion and understanding of the intersection of statistics, technology, and sport business. Many organizations, professional leagues, and college sport programs now utilize quantitative data in innovative ways to drive results and efficiency. The Summit welcomes students, professors, and practitioners to share their novel ideas, tools and processes that further drive business success and the creation of new ventures.

Technology Commercialization Carolina

The Startup Consulting Program provides MBA students with an experiential learning opportunity serving as consultants to early-stage, UNC-affiliated startup companies. Through these consulting projects, students are offered the chance to hone their skills in entrepreneurship and startup development through hands-on work while simultaneously expanding their entrepreneurial network of startup founders, advisors, and management teams.

Get more information and apply here!


The Institute works with regional business, community and academic leaders to accelerate economic growth and create jobs through innovative business development strategies.

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2016 Tillman and Impact Awards