The Carolina Challenge–UNC’s premiere entrepreneurship competition– engages approximately 500 students at Carolina, representing 145 teams across more than 40 fields of study. Through our annual competitions, we award up to $25,000 annually to winning students to help them start to build their ideas into a business or social venture.
The Carolina Challenge kicks off each fall with the Pitch Party followed by the Makeathon in early spring. The Carolina Challenge’s competitions and workshops welcome and encourage all UNC students to participate, with no prior experience required.
Learn more about our fall campus-wide Carolina Challenge Pitch Party competition, where you only need an idea to participate.
Find out more about our spring semester Carolina Challenge Makeathon, UNC’s two-week creative, cross-campus competition designed to accelerate innovative ideas into physical and digital prototypes that promote positive social impact..
Venture Capital Investment Competition
The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) offers MBA students a first-hand opportunity to learn about venture capital funding. Participating students act as venture capitalists (VCs) who have money to invest in a startup venture. Students assess investment opportunities presented by actual startups and then pitch an investment strategy to the judges who are themselves venture capitalists.
Founded at UNC in 1998, VCIC is an internationally-recognized program that attracts 175 venture capitalists, 125 entrepreneurs, and 1,200 MBA students from 60 top business schools around the world.
“The biggest part of Carolina Challenge Pitch Party is the learning experience, the exposure, and the opportunity to network.”
Evie Peña (BSBA ’18)