Startup Consulting is a program designed to provide MBA students with a real-world experiential learning experience, working with high-potential early stage startups.
The Startup Consulting Program provides MBA students with an experiential learning opportunity serving as consultants to early-stage, UNC-affiliated startup companies. Through these consulting projects, students are offered the chance to hone their skills in entrepreneurship and startup development through hands-on work while simultaneously expanding their entrepreneurial network of startup founders, advisors, and management teams. Eligible MBA students may apply to participate on a Startup Consulting team through our course, MBA848C: Startup Consulting, by using the online application link below.
The projects often include market research, competitive analysis, business model development, pitch presentation refinement, and validation of financing strategies. The specific scope of work is tailored to the needs of the individual startup client by the student consultant(s) with feedback from the startup client and the course instructor.
Startup Consulting engages early-stage startups across a range of industry types. The typical startup that we work with will have a founding team and a validated business idea. Some companies have secured pre-seed/seed funding (others haven’t) or have some customers/sales (others don’t). The key factors we look for are a compelling business idea and founder(s) who are excited to work with a student consulting team to help them achieve their strategic goals. We currently are accepting applications from startups that have participated in the Launch Chapel Hill or Creative Startups accelerator programs.
Specific areas of support could include:
Market and Competitive Analyses
Business Model Development
Identification of Potential Funding Sources
Access to Potential Advisors/Mentors
Frequently Asked Questions
We accept applications from potential clients (startups) and students on a rolling basis. Note that the deadline for applying for a fall project is July 1; the deadline to apply for a spring project is Dec 15.
“I would recommend a start-up consulting project to any student who is interested. It provides a hands on experience you will not get in a classroom setting.”
“The fact that students get the chance to work with real clients and have the ability to drive real change is nothing less than remarkable. I would indeed do it again if the opportunity arose.”
“The startup consulting project is a value add to my resume and a talking point when I have discussions with recruiters. Great Course!”