Corporate partnerships are an important part of Kenan-Flagler’s success, whether your company is working with faculty on cutting edge research, recruiting talent or actively shaping tomorrow’s business leaders through supporting our Executive Development program. We seek to build holistic partnerships and offer several ways for companies to engage with the school.
As a leading corporate partner of the school, P&G is highly engaged across UNC Kenan-Flagler programs and centers. In late 2018, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Global Business Center was one of only three universities awarded a $50,000 grant for the development of a new Inclusive Global Leadership curriculum. The grant will go towards creating highly experiential learning material to develop effective team members and leaders. In the 2018-2019 academic year, P&G also sponsored the annual MBA Core Case Competition for all first-year MBA students, the Undergraduate Business Symposium, Digital Marketing Bootcamp and a number of student clubs and organizations.
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is part of a $50 million Blockchain Research Initiative funded by Ripple in 2018 to support academic research and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. The school will utilize this support from Ripple for curriculum development, research and project-based work, as well as entrepreneurship-related topics. The UNC Kenan-Flagler Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise also recently launched Rethinc Labs in conjunction with these efforts. Rethinc Labs will focus on the strategic implementation of machine learning to real-world business needs.
In 2018, the SunTrust Foundation awarded a nearly $1 million grant to NCGrowth, an affiliated center of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler. The grant will help create new jobs and stimulate transformative development in three high-potential communities in the Carolinas. These business incubators will help startup companies hire local workers in an effort to address issues such as unemployment, underemployment, low wages and significant poverty.
Dixon Hughes Goodman generously funds the Accounting Mentorship Program (AMP) at UNC Kenan-Flagler, run in partnership with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Master of Accounting Program. The mentorship provides the opportunity for rising second- and third-year students from any non-UNC undergraduate institution to receive mentorship and preparation for a successful career in the accounting profession. The AMP aims to expose students who may not have otherwise considered accounting as a potential career path to the range of opportunities available in the field.