Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Kenan Institute research, consulting and educational initiatives focus on turning knowledge into solutions that drive economic and business growth and prosperity.

Aerotropolis Schematic
Aerotropolis  development — 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 Carolina Challenge
Carolina Challenge — 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.
Eastern NC
Eastern North Carolina Economic Development — The institute conducts research and consulting projects that strengthen the economic health of this chronically distressed region.
Launching the Venture
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.
Next Generation
Next Generation — 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.
Union Independent School
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.