Eship Blog

Company Spotlight: The Produce Box

August 10, 2021

Introduction The Produce Box is a produce delivery program based in Raleigh that delivers fresh food to people in North Carolina. By distributing local produce all over the state, they help support local farmers while making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to people. The Produce Box has worked with two Innovation Interns through the Innovation […] More

Innovation Internships Summer Intern Feature: Vivian Yi

August 03, 2021

Introduction Innovation Internships Program is an initiative that provides undergraduate and graduate students across campus with paid summer and school-year internship opportunities at high-growth local startups. Vivian Yi is a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in advertising and economics with a minor in entrepreneurship. From interning at the Eship Center to helping with research […] More

Q&A with Aiyana Woldu (BA Pre-business, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2023)

July 29, 2021

Tell us about your venture! How did you come up with the idea? Tsanai Tingz LLC produces chic handmade, resin-based home decor including coasters, trinket trays, jewelry boxes and more. In the future I hope to produce stationery products and other office accessories. I’ve always been obsessed with office supplies and home decor and didn’t […] More

Meet Carolina Challenge Summer Program’s Winners

July 26, 2021

Introduction Established in 2005, the Carolina Challenge has become one of the most dynamic and exciting hallmarks of the UNC entrepreneurship ecosystem. As UNC’s flagship venture competition, the Carolina Challenge gives students the chance to win funding for both early-stage and late-stage business ideas.  This year, the pandemic pushed us to pivot and transform our […] More

Tar Heel Startup Spotlight: Ultraloop Technologies

July 20, 2021

Ultraloop Technologies is a UVC light sanitizing company founded by UNC students that aims to revolutionize affordable sanitation. The technology uses UV light to kill pathogens on the surface of any item, including phones, keys, wallets, and laptops. We recently talked to Ultraloop about their company’s journey, including any challenges they’ve faced, tips they have for […] More

The Eship Scholars Program at UNC Entrepreneurship Center

June 23, 2021

The Eship Scholars Program, created by the UNC Entrepreneurship Center, provides high-potential student entrepreneurs who are traditionally underrepresented in the entrepreneurial world with the resources they need to succeed with their ventures. Overview of the Program The first cohort of Eship Scholars was selected from 41 qualified applicants in October 2020,and includes 10 high-potential student entrepreneurs. […] More

Celebrating PRIDE: Q&A with UNC Alumni Entrepreneurs

June 22, 2021

As a way to teach kids about inclusivity, pride, and acceptance, a kids’ furniture company decided to host an event featuring drag queens but garnered some backlash for their decision.  Nugget Comfort is a kids’ furniture company based in Butner, North Carolina, and was co-founded by three UNC alumni: David Baron ’12, Ryan Cocca ’13, […] More

Stop Networking, Start Building Relationships: A Conversation with Keith Pigues

June 22, 2021

“Success is not about who you know, it’s about who knows you and what they’re willing to say and do on your behalf when it matters.” — Keith Pigues   Keith Pigues, founder and CEO of Luminas Strategy, recently talked to our Innovation Interns about the importance of building relationships in the professional world. The […] More

Q&A with Siani Antoine (Masters in Public Health, 2022)

June 11, 2021

What is your current venture? Bloom Into Womanhood is a developing lactation consulting business. It also works as a wellness space and platform to bring awareness about pressing public health issues that concern women, mothers, infants, and families. How did you come up with the idea? I decided to create Bloom Into Womanhood after learning […] More

Why Startups Should Care About Branding – Q&A with Joe Colopy and Keith Pigues

June 03, 2021

We sat down with two successful entrepreneurs and investors to talk about why startups should care about branding, how it can be incorporated throughout a company during growth stages and the role that branding plays in determining if the venture is investment worthy. Joe Colopy is a partner at Jurassic Capital and was the founder […] More