Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
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Each semester the institute and its partners offer various opportunities for students. Below is a list of the projects available for 2014-15. For more information, contact Kenan Institute Outreach Director Lingmei Howell, who directs the Leadership Fellows program, at 919.962.2686 or

  • Student Teams Achieving Results and STAR Global (Paul Friga, Meghan Gosk): STAR and STAR Global are both action-based programs where companies submit real business challenges for a student team to work thru and present recommendations to the client at the conclusion.  STAR Global also incorporates students from partner schools and includes travel for 10 days in country – in Brazil, China or India – in mid-March OR mid-May.

  • BrandNC (Nick Didow): The brand NC Project is a public-private partnership between UNC’s Kenan Institute, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Office of the Governor, and the Charlotte-based private advertising agency LGA.   The purpose of the partnership is to create an authentic and credible comprehensive brand and brand architecture for the State of North Carolina.   The new brand for the State of North Carolina is scheduled to be announced during Labor Day Weekend.

  • NC Growth (Mark Little): The Center for NC Strategic Economic Growth, also known as “NC Growth” partners with communities, business, and others to execute sustainable economic development projects, provide technical assistance to high growth companies, and conduct related research, all in economically distressed regions of North Carolina.  The student Economic Development Analysts are central to realizing this commitment.

  • Patent Landscaping and Market Evaluation service (Cindy Reifsnider): The Patent Landscaping and Market Evaluation Service identifies key information and provides contextual analysis to support development of ideas into working technology and IP, to identify markets for products and services, and to find potential licensees, funding opportunities and partners.

  • Startup Consulting (Jason Doherty): The Startup Consulting Program provides MBA students with an experiential learning opportunity that allows them to serve as consultants to early-stage, UNC-affiliated startup companies.

  • Carolina Kickstart (Don Rose): Carolina Kickstart was developed to provide support for faculty in commercializing biomedical technologies through the creation of startup entities. This is accomplished through education for faculty and students, funding opportunities, networking with support resources, and incubation services.

  • Innovate @ Carolina (Judith Cone): The Chancellor’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship works to strengthen UNC’s innovation ecosystem to meet the needs of faculty, students, staff, and community members as they translate their novel ideas into practical benefit and change the world.

  • Sport Entrepreneurship (Deborah Stroman): Sport is a $300 billion industry in America, and the Dr. Stroman’s Sport Entrepreneurship Initiative is active in three domain areas that are important to the Kenan Institute, like analytics by hosting a Basketball Analytics Summit in the spring, economic development by conducting research on the sport businesses operating in NC, and connections by helping students gain contacts and work experience with sport business leaders.

  • Launch Chapel Hill (Dina Mills): Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator located in Downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Launch provides the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate the growth of your start-up.

  • 1789 Venture Lab (Aaron Scarboro / Jim Kitchen): 1789 Venture Lab in an incubator for Carolina startups. 1789 serves UNC undergraduates, grad students and recent graduates by providing office space, mentors, educational programming and other support services for early-stage entrepreneurs and ventures.

  • The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (Ted Zoller): A leading national business-school based entrepreneurship program since 1997, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, through its curricular and co-curricular programs, fosters a culture of entrepreneurship across UNC, and has developed a leadership platform for Kenan-Flagler MBA entrepreneurs.

  • CUBE (Mathilde Verdier): The CUBE is an on campus incubator for social ventures selected on a competitive basis, offering them 24/7 access to a co-working space for a 2-year residency to develop their ideas, some seed capital, mentorship, coaching, and pro-bono support services.

  • Center for Sustainable Enterprise (Carol Hee / Tracy Triggs-Matthews): Through education, research and outreach, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) empowers business leaders to build shareholder value while exercising environmental stewardship and promoting societal well-being. CSE provides students, executives and organizations with the education, experiential learning and career development resources necessary to become innovative leaders in sustainable enterprise.

  • The Urban Investment Strategy Center (Jim Johnson):  The Urban Investment Strategy Center, monitors disruptive demographic trends, develops entrepreneurial approaches to poverty alleviation, job creation, and sustainable community economic development, consults with communities, nonprofit organizations, and small business on competitiveness issues, and trains government and nonprofit leaders in social and civic entrepreneurship.

  • Digital Enterprise and Innovation (Noel Greis with student representatives): The Center for Digital Enterprise and Innovation works with companies to help them understand how digital technologies will shape their future competitive environment and customer behavior—and develops new and innovative business models that leverage these digital technologies to reduce costs and create new revenue streams.