Clubs & Competitions
The Carolina Challenge—one of the nation’s premier university-sponsored entrepreneurship competitions—gives students, staff, faculty, and alumni the chance to compete for seed funding for early-stage ideas.
Started in 2005, the challenge awards up to $50K in total prize money each year to the most promising ventures. Participants also have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced entrepreneurs and to network with business experts.
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.
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club
The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVC Club) offers events, workshops, and other resources to MBA students interested in careers in the exciting world of early-stage companies. Sponsored by the UNC Kenan-Flagler Entrepreneurship Center, EVC Club connects students with a high-powered alumni network of successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and executives.
The Entrepreneurship Center and EVC Club work closely together to offer fellowship programs for MBA students interested in pursuing a dynamic career as a founder, funder, and/or innovative growth executive.
Carolina THINK raises awareness and interest in the entrepreneurial field. Sponsored by UNC Kenan-Flagler Entrepreneurship Center, Carolina THINK is dedicated to showing students that everyone has the potential to become an entrepreneur. The organization raises awareness and interest in entrepreneurship by hosting a wide range of events to enable students to develop the connections and skills necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs.
Carolina THINK also helps students navigate entrepreneurship resources on campus and discover entrepreneurship as a discipline that expands beyond the confines of conventional business.
“The biggest part of Carolina Challenge Pitch Party is the learning experience, the exposure, and the opportunity to network.”
Evie Peña (BSBA ’18)