Opportunities for Companies

Educational Opportunities for You and Your Employees:

Scale School was established to offer valuable content with relevant topics to equip founders, CEOs and business leaders at startups/organizations in the growth phase with tools to immediately implement into their organizations to help them scale successfully. Scale School courses are non-credit-bearing, short in nature and delivered virtually. Class cohorts start in the Fall and Spring and offer a variety of classes across all aspects of the business, including leadership, sales, and marketing. Classes for the Spring cohorts include Scaling Operations and Finance, Sales Process, Marketing, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Learn more here.

Student Talent: Internships, Consulting Projects and Recruiting:

The Innovation Internships Program at the Eship Center matches UNC’s best entrepreneurial students with opportunities to work with some of the region’s fastest growing startups. Students accepted into the program will be matched to high-quality internships that will provide them the opportunity to act entrepreneurially, develop real-world skills, and expand their network.

Beyond the internships, interns will have access to mentorship, educational programming, networking opportunities, and more. Benefits for companies include:

Access to UNC talent:

  • We use our university talent pipeline to recruit the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent, including undergraduate students, MBAs, and graduate students, for our partnering companies.

Support for managing an internship program with limited resources:

  • Scoping of internships & projects for students.
  • Student recruitment and management of a matching process to streamline the intern hiring and onboarding process.
  • Programming and coaching for our students so the primary focus of our partnering companies can remain the internship and the work the student is responsible for.

Is your company a fit? Are you a startup or growth-stage company with less than 500 FTEs? Are you looking to take on interns for the first time or enhance your existing internship offering? Do you have endless projects but finite resources? If you answered yes to any of these questions, fill out our  Interest Form or email our team to learn more.

If your needs are more project based, your company may be a better fit for our Startup Consulting projects. The Eship Center also offers consulting services to growth-stage startups that are seeking a short-term, deliverable-based project. Our team works with the company to scope the project and then builds a student team to complete the project. During the project, the student consulting team is overseen by an experienced senior consultant and the Scale Consulting staff at the Eship Center, ensuring that our consulting team’s research, analysis, and recommendations are of the highest quality and of strategic value to your organization. Email our team to learn more.

Research, Learning and Engagement:

Trends in Entrepreneurship: If you are looking for the latest trends and data for the relevant issues that entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders face, download the Trends in Entrepreneurship Report. Topics include VC and investment trends, Diversity in Entrepreneurship, and much more. Download the Trends in Entrepreneurship Reports and Kenan Institute’s Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference here.

Mentoring, Speaking and Case Studies: If you are interested in engaging with our students or classes, please fill out the Volunteer Form and we will be in touch with appropriate opportunities.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Donor Support: If you are interested in partnering with us to bring events and other value-adds to our students and stakeholders to develop the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow, please contact Eship Executive Director Vickie Gibbs about sponsorship or philanthropic contributions, or make a gift to the Eship Center.