2019 Innovation Showcase

Thursday, April 11 | Chapel Hill, NC

Celebrate the now. Discover the new. Imagine the next.

Taking your innovation to the edge requires more than waiting on an idea to percolate in isolation. It requires coming together with a community of other innovators. Sharing your inventive thinking. And finding new insights to help push your ideas forward, faster.


Attend the 2019 Innovation Showcase hosted by Innovate Carolina, and you’ll meet the most enterprising innovators from UNC-Chapel Hill and the local entrepreneurial community. Join with us as we celebrate the work of faculty, students, alumni and local business founders who have combined ingenuity and hard work to make the greatest human and economic impact possible.


Check out the 2018 showcase snapshot to experience the stats, sights and sounds from last year.

On the agenda

Thursday, April 11
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

5:30 p.m.  Showcase overview

6:00 p.m.  Innovator presentations

7:00 p.m.  Exhibit hall and networking reception

Pitch makes perfect

A group of elite ventures and research projects will be selected from among the top innovations at Carolina and in the local community. These teams will present their startup companies, social ventures and leading-edge research initiatives. For the teams, it’s a chance to pitch to investors, make connections and spark interest in their ideas. For those in the investment and entrepreneurial communities, it’s an opportunity to learn about ideas with breakthrough potential.

Conversations and connections

During the showcase, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to make personal connections. After the presentations, our networking reception takes place in an exhibit space that gives you the chance to have personal conversations with many of the venture teams that gave presentation – plus many more researchers and emerging ventures that are working on exciting concepts. Stop by and ask questions. View demos. And dig deeper into the innovative potential of each idea.

UNC Program Participants

Faculty and student venture teams represent programs that are part of the Innovate Carolina Network. These programs provide space, funding, mentoring, coaching and other tools that help innovators at UNC put their ideas into action.

Date and Time

Thursday, April 11
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.


William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599