STAR Virtual, the newest component of the STAR program, offers unique advantages for U.S. businesses. Teams of outstanding, seasoned working professional MBA students in UNC’s Executive MBA and MBA@UNC programs work with corporate partners to address a complex business challenge. This flexible format with the use of technology provides a team of diverse talent living and working across the country and, in some cases, around the world to engage in a consulting project to benefit the corporate partner. Corporate partner interactions and final presentations are delivered online.
STAR Virtual differs from the other programs as the STAR teams comprise of only MBA students. This allows the teams to work with the corporate partners at flexible meeting times in the evenings, weekends and through virtual meeting space based upon the program and the needs of the team and companies.
Anywhere, anytime. Corporate partners and MBA students alike benefit from the program conducted almost entirely online – one with the ability to bring together, virtually, diverse talent living and working across the country and around the world. Tap the talents of outstanding, seasoned working professionals who are taking advantage of UNC’s Executive MBA and MBA@UNC, the nation’s top-ranked online MBA Program.
In the Words on Our Clients
"The STAR team was very professional and had high impact. They looked at the effect of digital food aggregator’s across a number of our important markets. They took a very thoughtful approach that yielded important insights that will prove useful to our franchisees." — Richard E. Allison, President, Domino’s International
"In probably the most technically involved project in my five years as a faculty advisor, the STAR team, for one of the largest medical device companies in the world, provided clear recommendations in the emerging and complex area of big data utilization. With a corporate partner in Denver and team members in four states plus Canada, the team provided a detailed analysis of big data in operating rooms which enabled the sponsor to advance their business." — William Kuchta, Professor of the Practice, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Requirements for Corporate Partners & Students
Qualifying as a Corporate Partner
- Complete an application that includes describing a current situation or challenge that can benefit from a fresh perspective provided by a student consulting team
- Provide senior executives/representatives to work with the team to ensure success; Representatives should:
- Provide clear, concise and on-going communications with the faculty advisor, project leader and team;
- Be open to suggestions made by the team;
- Be involved with the team – from start to finish; and,
- Provide relevant financial, market and competitor data.
- Attend Launch weekend for January 20th, 2018 virtually or identify a different date that is suitable to the STAR Virtual Team and the Corporate Partner.
Corporate Partners Financial Obligations
- Contribute USD $25,000 plus any wire fees and/or taxes. This contribution covers administrative support, faculty resources, and reasonable amount of printed deliverables.
- Cover all travel expenses for STAR team to office location as determined by Corporate Partner in discussion with faculty advisor and team leader.
- Other non-covered expenses that may be incurred but will require your pre-approval:
- Databases and surveys; and,
Qualifying as a Student Participant
- Enrolled as an MBA student in either the Executive MBA program or MBA@UNC.
- Submit a compelling STAR application.
- Sign the match letter (if selected) with Code of Conduct guidelines.
- Pledge to do top-quality work for credit, putting in time and effort equivalent to the most demanding business school class spanning approximately 15 weeks of the academic year.
- Agree to engage in virtual meetings, including a Launch Weekend by the STAR Virtual Team and Corporate Partner on January 19-20, 2018.