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STAR for Corporate Partners

Engage the brightest minds to improve business performance

Student teams solve your business challenges

Are you looking for new ideas in revenue generation, product development or branding? Are you considering entering a new global market and want to understand market trends and creative opportunities? Would an independent, data-driven assessment of your plans help improve your strategy?

Talk to us about how STAR – Student Teams Achieving Results – can help you!

Enhancing Coca Cola’s approach to market in Asia. Helping NASCAR reach new audiences. Crafting an innovative solution to a sustainability issue for Procter & Gamble. Creating a new business strategy for GlaxoSmithKline. Developing a business plan for a women’s hospital in Africa. These are just a few examples of the almost 400 deliverables the STAR student consulting program has generated for its corporate partners since 2006.

“Fantastic work by a fantastic team. We at KIND were blown away by the thoroughness and quality of the work. We were equally impressed with how the STAR team operated in a highly collaborative fashion and with incredible enthusiasm.”

Mike Barkley, CEO KIND Healthy Snacks

Engage the brightest minds and build your brand with top talent

As a STAR corporate partner, you benefit from the exceptional minds of our top, diverse business students from the MBA and Undergraduate Business programs. A dedicated team of five students, guided by a senior faculty advisor, works closely with you for 14 weeks to conduct research and develop a data-driven, innovative solution.

STAR student teams address real and complex challenges in strategy, branding, marketing, sustainability, operations, human resources and other areas across industries and functions, whether domestic or global in nature. STAR teams do not work on site, but connect with you in-person (for one or more site visits) and virtually.

Consider the STAR program your most cost-effective and high-caliber consulting service with the added value of building your brand among the brightest of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s talent.

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A proven approach yields actionable insights

STAR teams follow the McKinsey Engagement’s TEAM FOCUS methodology to address your business challenge. They receive comprehensive training in this hypothesis-driven approach, systematic data gathering and effective teamwork. As a result, they craft exceptional recommendations for you. Students earn course credit for this intensive learning experience.

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Confidentiality – STAR recognizes the importance of maintaining confidentiality of your project and data. To solidify the relationship with you, we enter into non-disclosure and service-level agreements.

STAR formats* – STAR offers three unique formats to ensure the best fit for your project:

  • STAR USA allows students to work on business challenges for any type of organizations. Many corporate partners invite the team to travel to their location in the U.S. at least once.
  • STAR Global allows students to address issues for organizations worldwide. Teams travel to the corporate partner abroad for two weeks to conduct research and present their work.
  • STAR Virtual allows students and corporate partners to collaborate virtually for the entire project from anywhere in the world.

*We have extensive experience running STAR virtually. If needed, due to Covid, projects can be completely virtual or can switch from some face-to-face interaction to virtual or vice versa.

Timing – The project work takes place January to late April/early May. (For STAR Global, teams typically travel abroad in late May.) We will consider a fall project, if spring does not work for you.

Program fee – The STAR USA and Virtual program fee ranges from $25,000 to $35,000 plus travel and research expenses (e.g., access to survey tool, if needed) depending on your type of organization. The STAR Global fee is higher.


"I was incredibly impressed with the STAR program, the quality of the team and faculty advisors, and the thoughtful process and recommendations. What a win-win: Great developmental opportunity for UNC students who get to work on a real-world corporate challenge. Great opportunity for the organization getting a fresh perspective on a business problem."

Larry Schneeberg, Senior Sales Manager GlaxoSmithKline

Submit your project by mid-fall

Please contact us to discuss potential projects – it is an iterative process. To participate in the STAR program, you will submit a brief project description online. The STAR program confirms the corporate partnership by late fall for projects conducted the following spring. While it might happen, it is rare that we cannot match a viable project with a team of students.

Contact us                                                             Submit your project (Please check back in mid-summer for the link to the application.)

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