Kenan Institute research, consulting and educational initiatives focus on turning knowledge into solutions that drive economic and business growth and prosperity.
— Institute director John D. Kasarda developed the “aerotropolis concept.” He and his team work with communities around the world to transform airports and their surrounding areas into economic engines.
— UNC students, faculty and staff compete with their ideas for new businesses and nonprofits in this annual business plan competition, created and funded in part by the Kenan Institute, now a student-led UNC venture-creation program.
Launching the Venture
— Team of UNC students, faculty and staff who are serious and ready to launch new commercial and nonprofits ventures get help market testing their ideas and taking them to market in this UNC Kenan-Flagler program, supported in part by the institute.
— A three-year series of conferences hosted by the institute with the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research prepare “next-generation” business leaders and scholars who are focused on innovation in global business practices.
Global Scholars Academy
— Urban Investment Strategies Center Director Jim Johnson’s vision and research provides the framework for this new school in northeast-central Durham, N.C. that is educating inner-city children for the global economy.