UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Core Programs

Adams Apprenticeship

The Adams Apprenticeship is a game-changing program designed for all-in entrepreneurs. We're seeking those few exceptional, high-achieving student leaders who have a passion and drive for innovating and disrupting -- for creating opportunities and demonstrating results.
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Carolina Challenge

The Carolina Challenge is an annual startup competition open to all UNC-affiliated individuals which awards $50K in prize money each year to the most promising early-stage ventures. The Challenge also hosts a variety of preparatory events and workshops throughout the academic year to educate students about entrepreneurship.
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Entrepreneurship Lab (ELab)

Entrepreneur’s Lab (ELab) is designed to prepare students with the insights to become a successful founder, funder or growth executive. Specifically, we explore the leadership challenges faced by entrepreneurs at all phases of new and growing ventures. The ELab course is designed around three learning objectives: Grand Challenges will engage outside international thought-leaders to learn a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurship megatrends; Entrepreneurial Learning and Success Factors will involve inviting Kenan-Flagler founders to share their perspectives on the key insights on the founder’s path to entrepreneurship including major milestones and setbacks; and Problem-Solving will break the ELab into small groups and work on solutions to real problems in partnership with faculty, alumni, and the Adams Advisors to integrate learning, understand trade-offs associated with various strategy choices, and awareness of the challenges associated with decision making with information that is incomplete or ambiguous.
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Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund

The Kenan-Flagler Private Equity Fund is a student-run fund with more than $4.4 million of committed capital under management. To date, the fund has invested in 26 portfolio companies and exited 5 portfolio companies. Launched in 2007, the fund was the first and only student-run fund associated with a top-tier global business school that seeks to provide real returns to its limited partners.
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Launch Chapel Hill

Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator located in Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Twice a year we accept a new class of high-potential entrepreneurs who are committed to building their early-stage, high-potential businesses into self-sustaining enterprises. Launch provides the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate the growth of your start-up.

Launching the Venture

Launching the Venture is a series of intense, hands-on courses spanning the academic year designed to help UNC students, faculty, and staff turn their startup ideas into viable ventures. Since its inception in 1999, Launch has aided in the creation of over sixty startups.
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Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The SBTDC is the largest inter-institutional program of The University of North Carolina System, with offices hosted by all 16 of it's campuses. The SBTDC at UNC Chapel Hill was the first to be established in 1985, and has played a valued role in the Research Triangle region for three decades.

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC®)

Founded at Kenan-Flagler in 1998, VCIC attracts 1,200 MBA students from 60 different business schools around the world. VCIC provides MBA students with a unique learning opportunity to learn about venture capital funding by acting as VCs and evaluating real startup ventures.
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