Thank you for your interest in the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI). It was created with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to develop and launch entrepreneurship programs for faculty and students across the university over a five-year period.

The CEI has been a huge success and the projects it inspired and incubated are thriving along with others offered by schools and departments across campus (see links below).

The Chancellor's Innovation Circle, led by alumnus Lowry Caudill and Judith Cone, the Chancellor's special assistant for innovation and entrepreneurship, is creating the next generation of cross-campus programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. Visit to learn more.

Stay tuned for exciting developments in entrepreneurship and innovation at Carolina.

Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, the first accelerator in North Carolina designed specifically to support businesses that address the triple bottom line of financial profitability, social equity and environmental sustainability.

Carolina Challenge
Annual, student-led entrepreneurial business-plan competition for teams of UNC faculty, staff and students.

Carolina Launch Pad
Pre-commercial business accelerator for early-stage information technology startups from the UNC community.

Carolina Student Biotechnology Network
Student-led nonprofit that hosts events and provides services that allow members to explore and pursue careers in the life science industry.

Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Center that directs entrepreneurship education for business school students and, in partnership with others, the Carolina Challenge, Carolina Launch Pad and Launching the Venture; and advises innovation and entrepreneurship programs across campus.

Entrepreneurship Minor
Minor for undergraduates enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences to gain the basic knowledge, tools and experience to launch a new venture.

First Year Seminars
Course-development grants for faculty interested in developing seminars for entering freshman that focus on selected topics in their disciplines that relate to entrepreneurship.

Graduate Certificate in Scientific Entrepreneurship
Certificate for graduate students, doctoral candidates, post-docs, faculty and staff to complement their studies and work in traditional disciplines with an exploration of how entrepreneurship is changing their fields and how to conceive, plan and execute new ventures.

Launching the Venture
Program to help teams of students, faculty and staff who believe they are ready to start a new commercial or social venture develop their business plans and launch.

N.C. Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) Institute
National Institutes of Health-funded initiative to speed the process of converting laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.

Office of Technology Development
Office that manages licensing of UNC technologies and promotes the commercialization of discoveries made by UNC faculty.

Social Entrepreneurship/
Project: Innovation

Initiative to increase the number of social entrepreneurship courses taught at UNC, provide comprehensive mentoring to students, and offer targeted outreach to student organizations that are currently involved with or want to pursue social justice and environmental justice issues.

Women's Entrepreneurship Network
Program that offers women enrolled in the entrepreneurship minor opportunities to connect and network with successful female entrepreneurs and business executives.

Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI)
Turning Ideas into Enterprises