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Resources for Entrepreneurs
A WIDE RANGE OF SPACES TO START AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS
1789 Venture Lab and the Midway Business Center in Downtown Chapel Hill provide spaces for early stage entrepreneurs whether UNC students, faculty, staff or members of the community .
Launch Chapel Hill – a business accelerator located in downtown Chapel Hill that is a partnership between UNC, the Town of Chapel Hill and Orange County helps entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses on a national or global scale.
Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Kitchen – located in Hillsborough this partnership between the 4 neighboring counties give food entrepreneurs from the region a shared kitchen and storage facility to test their products and build their businesses.
A GROWING GROUP OF INNOVATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPANIES CALL CHAPEL HILL HOME
Tech giant Google operates an engineering office in Downtown Chapel Hill that has worked on projects like Chrome and Android.
Keona Health – a UNC start-up that has developed a system for delivering online triage services has raised more than $2.5 million in early stage funding being a part of the Launch Chapel Hill accelerator.
Impulsonic – another UNC spin-out which has raised over $1 million in grant funding to support the development and commercialization of it’s ground breaking sound modeling technologies.
Terra Dotta which provides software services for higher education got it’s start in a Janitor’s Closet in Dye Hall on the UNC campus in 2001. It has grown to a staff of 30 tech entrepreneurs with an average age of 30 that call Chapel Hill home
Plus companies like 3 Birds Marketing, Youth Digital Studio, Glyph Interactive, Spyrix, and KindHeart which are building global businesses based in Chapel Hill.
A RICH SUPPORT SYSTEM
SBTDC (Small Business and Technology Development Center)
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Faster, LLC (Angel investor group that opened office on Franklin Street in 2014)
Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber are both launching service in Chapel Hill which will provide entrepreneurs and innovators with high speed interent services
A WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH UNIVERSITY FOCUSED ON INNOVATION
UNC is consistently ranked among the top Universities on a number of variables in the US. UNC was ranked #9 in entrepreneurship by US News and World Report in 2015 and is #11 in terms of US dollar volume of University Research in the country. UNC offers opportunities to collaborate at all levels – whether working with the Office of Technology Development to license a patent developed by the University, having a team of students work with your business through the Start-up Consulting program, attending or participating in events around innovation and entrepreneurship (Triangle Start Up Weekend, Global Entrepreneurship Week, campus lectures, etc) or taking a course on campus the possibilities are endless.