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Jim Kitchen

Professor of the Practice of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

Jim Kitchen teaches students how to start for-profit, non-profit and social entrepreneurial ventures and raise funding.

He helped conceptualize and open Launch Chapel Hill and 1789 Venture Lab.

He is the principal of a commercial real estate business specializing in acquiring apartment complexes, drug stores and other triple-net investments.  He also is an active angel investor, supporting the growth of Triangle’s entrepreneurial community.

Professor Kitchen started his first business, specializing in group tours to the Caribbean, while he was a UNC student. After selling his company to multinational travel conglomerate TUI PLC in 2007, he served as the director of TUI student’s acquisition department, helping to build one of the largest student travel companies in North America.

He received his MBA with honors from the University of Tennessee, his master’s degree in political management from George Washington University and his BA in Russian and East European studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.