Innovate Carolina hosts several monthly and annual events that give you opportunities to convene, collaborate and experience innovation and entrepreneurship in ways you never expected.
Each month during the academic year, Innovate Carolina hosts a forum for UNC's on-campus network of innovators and entrepreneurs. These events bring the most effective strategies and tactics designed to help you make your ideas work. Connect with colleagues across campus, respected experts in industry and thought leaders from other institutions. You'll walk away with an understanding of the University's strategic direction, practical how-to's and new professional connections.
The Carolina Innovations Seminar is your chance to connect with other faculty and students at UNC, hear from industry experts and make connections with other innovators who can help you push your ideas to their inventive edge. At this seminar series, which takes place monthly during the academic year, you’ll hear from a lineup of distinguished guest speakers who are experts in a wide range of topics: innovation, commercializing research and launching startup companies. Following the presentations, you’re invited to join us for a reception, where you can network with others and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery.
Attend the Innovation Showcase hosted by Innovate Carolina and you’ll meet the most enterprising faculty, student and alumni innovators from UNC-Chapel Hill. These top student, faculty and alumni teams will pitch their latest innovations and ideas for commercial and social ventures. For the venture teams, this is a chance to pitch to investors, make connections and spark interest in their ideas. For attendees in the investment and entrepreneurial communities, it’s an opportunity to visit multiple pitch sessions and learn about a variety of ideas that have breakthrough potential.
During one week every November, you can join with other Carolina students, faculty and staff to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. This week-long series of events and activities offers many ways to explore in entrepreneurship. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide initiative supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. Thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.
This invitation-only event is open to a select group of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty who receive a nomination from their dean and an invitation from Chancellor Carol Folt. More than 200 faculty leaders have graduated from this workshop since 2009. Many of these workshop alumni have used the knowledge and skills gained to accelerate innovation projects and launch new centers, nonprofits and startup ventures. If nominated to attend, you’ll dive deep into the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, working side by side with faculty peers and experts. As you collaborate with colleagues from across the University, workshop leaders will help you hone and advance your ideas into action.