The Entrepreneurship Center in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC offers reputable curriculum, programming and resources to an extensive entrepreneurial network. We develop transformative entrepreneurial leaders as founders, funders and growth executives.
Due to COVID 19, all of our events and most of our courses will be virtual.
Learn more information about our programming, courses, and getting involved below.
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Community Events and Programs
We love to provide interactive learning opportunities and engaging content which helps our ecosystem gain and improve skills, connect to experts and resources, and connect to each other. This year, we are making it a high priority to provide webinars and workshops specifically geared toward our community stakeholders, which include alums, business leaders interested in innovation, nonprofit leaders, startup founders, ecosystem partners, and government leaders. We hosted the “Navigating the Great Pause” 8 week webinar series in response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with “Creating a Space for Black Entrepreneurs” and “Office & Work Culture: Is It Truly Inclusive & Equitable” in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and creating an equitable and inclusive workplace culture for startups. More
Ask an Innovator
It’s okay if you’re not available to participate in an event or course, we can now send requests for advice directly to your inbox! In partnership with Innovate Carolina, we launched a platform, Ask an Innovator, where Eship students and community members with questions about their idea, venture or career path can connect directly with our community of innovators like you who have answers! More
We value connecting our entrepreneurs and growth leaders with each other! We created an Eship Community Group via Slack to encourage authentic connections between our community members. The goal of this group is to stimulate genuine conversations, share resources, offer relationship building, share upcoming events and more. Join below and be sure to introduce yourself in the #welcome channel! More
Volunteer and Engagement Opportunities
You will engage with UNC students through our programs and courses. Your role in this work is invaluable as alumni and friends of UNC and members of our diverse community of advisors. Our advisors serve in a variety of roles throughout our programs and coursework to support the student experience.
Our Inquiry Form helps us learn about your interests and/or needs and the best way to engage you in the Eship Center. We share volunteer opportunities and our events via email updates.
The entrepreneurship courses offered at UNC Kenan-Flagler are part of an elective-based curriculum. This enables students to immerse themselves in a custom-tailored program of study that is complemented by innovative co-curricular offerings which enrich the learning experience. You can serve as a coach for courses focused on venturing, scale/growth and more. More
The Carolina Challenge is UNC’s premiere entrepreneurship competition. The Carolina Challenge engages approximately 500 students at Carolina, representing 145 teams across 40+ fields of study, through our annual competitions and we award up to $25,000 annually to deserving 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 two week creative, cross-campus Makeathon in spring. The Carolina Challenge’s competitions and workshops welcome and encourage all UNC students to participate, no prior experience required. More
Our newest program, Eship Scholars, provides access to under-represented students interested in entrepreneurship. The inaugural cohort is sponsored by NC Idea. We seek to connect them to competencies, funding and mentorship with entrepreneurs passionate about supporting minority and female student leaders. More
The Innovation Internships program provides undergraduate and graduate students across campus with paid spring, summer, and fall internship opportunities at high-growth local startups. Students accepted into the program will be matched with an internship at a company that will provide them the opportunity to act entrepreneurially, develop real-world skills, and expand their network. More
Launch Chapel Hill
Launch Chapel Hill is an accelerator founded in 2013 in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Town of Chapel Hill, and Orange County. Launch provides programming, mentorship and office space for early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs ready to scale their business. The 16-week program cohort accepts applications twice a year: January to May and August to December in addition to a 10-week program that runs May through August for student ventures. More
Scale School offers courses to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with the skills needed in high-growth, entrepreneurial environments today. These courses are non-credit-bearing, short in nature, and delivered virtually. Topics include: B2B sales; negotiations; succession planning; and establishing and growing and inclusive culture. These courses will provide you with the applicable tools to take action immediately to implement what you learn into your organization.More
The Entrepreneurship Center has partnered with entrepreneurs and business leaders in our community for Coaches’ Corner to offer virtual 30 minute coaching sessions to student ventures or ideas that can lead to long-term mentoring. Students first meet with our Entrepreneur in Residence, Chi Nwogu, to assess their venture’s needs and they are directed to the coach with a matching expertise. Based on the questions that students typically ask, we look for coaches with the areas of expertise: • Business Model • Marketing • Customer Discovery • Product Development - Digital • Product Development – Physical • Funding & Finance More