Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Our Impact

Growing a Green Economy
Growing a Green Economy
Institute experts help clients develop profitable, sustainable solutions.
Shaping Student Leaders
Shaping Student Leaders
Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows build communities for impact.
Reinventing Public Education
Reinventing Public Education
Kenan Institute goes One-on-One with urban expert Jim Johnson.
Shaping Transportation Solutions
Shaping Transportation Solutions
Institute researchers assess viability of North Carolina's toll-road finance plan.
Opening China's Markets
Opening China's Markets
UNC-Tsinghua Center promotes U.S.-China trade with research and solutions.
Making Food Safer
Making Food Safer
New analytics tool helps state agencies respond to food-borne threats.
Moving Communities Forward
Moving Communities Forward
Rural N.C. town gets assist charting a path to economic growth.
Next Generation
Educating Next-Generation Innovators
Business leaders and scholars explore ways to expand knowledge and innovation in global business practices.
Business Across Borders
Engaging Emerging Markets
UNC Kenan-Flagler students and the community learn to conduct business successfully in markets worldwide through the Business Across Borders program.
Growing Jobs
Growing Local Jobs
The institute’s Business Growth Initiative helps one eastern N.C. region tap an often-overlooked resource — its existing businesses — to drive economic growth.
Global Entrepreneurs
Preparing Global Entrepreneurs
A new custom educational program teaches students from Bulgaria to create “born-global ventures.
Rural Prosperity
Creating Rural Prosperity
Faculty Fellow Nick Didow mobilizes a statewide effort to close North Carolina’s Digital Divide.
Driving Sustainable Tourism
Center for Competitive Economies Director Brent Lane helps the World Heritage site organization learn to balance economic gain with historic preservation.
Community Solutions
Shaping Community Solutions
Social entrepreneur Jim Johnson conceives a SAFE path to economic prosperity for aging Americans.
Moving Products
Sharpening Global Logistics Practices
MBA students through an innovative logistics competition learn to develop new approaches to global business challenges.
New Industry
Fueling a New Industry
Institute researchers are helping North Carolina plot a strategic path to a new biofuels industry and a sustainable energy future.
Union Independent School
Transforming Urban Education
Social entrepreneur and scholar Jim Johnson’s vision and research is creating a model school for educating poor inner-city children for the global economy.
Business Growth
Incenting Business Growth
North Carolina legislators turn to the Center for Competitive Economies for help strategically restructuring its corporate incentive programs.
Global Transpark
Creating Economic Engines
The Global TransPark has emerged as an economic driver for eastern North Carolina two decades after it was conceived and proposed by aviation-economy expert and Kenan Institute director John D. Kasarda.
Global Systems
Building Global Logistics Systems
The Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy rallies the global community to create better food-safety systems.
Economic Strategy
Shaping Economic Strategy
Center for Competitive Economies  helps Chatham County, N.C., plot a new economic future.
Rebuilding Devastated Economies
Kenan Institute teams help an Asian fishing region rebuild a sustainable economy after the devastating tsunami.
Eastern NC Business
Sparking Economic Growth
A long-term research project is identifying growing companies in eastern North Carolina and finding out what they need to grow and create jobs.