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    Kenan Institute’s Feldman Co-Authors Guardian Op-Ed on Big Tech Alternatives for U.S. Cities

    Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellow Maryann Feldman and Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoy co-authored an op-ed published in The Guardian on why American cities should stop trying to attract big tech and offer up alternative strategies to boost local economies.


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August 28, 2018

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Recent News & Media

Nearly $1 million grant from SunTrust Foundation to NCGrowth will help economically challenged communities in the Carolinas hire locally

August 03, 2018

The SunTrust Foundation will give a nearly $1 million grant to NCGrowth, an affiliated center of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, to help create new jobs and stimulate transformative development in three high-potential communities in the Carolinas. These business incubators will help startup companies hire local workers in an effort to address issues such as unemployment, underemployment, low wages and significant poverty. More


New Research by Kenan Institute’s Bingham Counters Myths of Entrepreneurship

July 25, 2018

New research published by Chris Bingham and fellow researchers Susan L. Cohen and Benjamin L. Hallen in the Administrative Science Quarterly disputes conventional start-up wisdom and explores how widely accepted practices might actually hinder entrepreneurs’ success. More

Wharton Tax Researcher Joins Kenan Institute Senior Faculty Fellows

July 18, 2018

Jennifer Blouin, professor of accounting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, is the Kenan Institute’s newest Senior Faculty Fellow. More

Latest Research

The Role of Accelerator Designs in Mitigating Bounded Rationality in New Ventures

July 23, 2018

Using a nested multiple-case study of participating ventures, directors, and mentors of eight of the original U.S. accelerators, we explore how accelerators’ program designs influence new ventures’ ability to access, interpret, and process the external information needed to survive and grow. More