Patent Landscaping & Market Evaluation

Get help developing your idea into working technology and IP.

Startup Consulting

Get help with the commercialization process.

Company Assistance (E-TAP)

Get help expanding your start-up or existing business in your rural community.

Supporting innovators and inventors in North Carolina
Awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Are you an inventor or entrepreneur looking to start or accelerate a business?

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Patents & Markets

We locate information and provide analysis to support development of your idea into working technology and IP.
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* Open to anyone.

Startup Consulting

We assist faculty researchers and entrepreneurs with support services designed to increase technology commercialization through licensing and new venture creation.
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* Open to UNC affiliated faculty, staff, students.

Company Assistance

We pair NC companies with MBA students to solve specific issues they may be experiencing.
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* Open to private companies.

 

Events

January
26

Y Combinator Office Hours

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.
January
26

Q&A featuring Kevin Hale, cofounder of Wufoo

Kevin Hale was cofounder of Wufoo, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006 and acquired by SurveyMonkey in 2011. He was responsible for Wufoo’s much ¬admired design and speaks widely about UX. Before Wufoo he wrote about design for Particletree and was editor in chief of the web development magazine Treehouse. He has a BA from Stetson University in Digital Arts and English.
November
18

SBIR/STTR symposium

Join the NC SBTDC and NC State University’s Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research on November 18 for the SBIR/STTR symposium.

The Small Business and Technology Development Center

October
12

Investor-Ready Entrepreneur

This full day program provides an "insider's look" into the world of equity funding. Learn how to reduce barriers to funding, navigate the process more easily, and increase the chances of successfully obtaining funding.
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The Small Business and Technology Development Center

August
4-5

Research to Revenue Workshop

Learn the practical aspects starting a company based on university research.

Presented by CAROLINA KickStart

June
24

Technology Commercialization Carolina Launch

The Kenan Institute kicks off their new initiative with lunch and conversation. Kenan Center, 3rd floor Reading Room.

News

Y Combinator is coming to UNC on Tuesday, January 26th

January 11, 2016

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

The Kenan Institute at UNC Uses Profound to Aid Start-Ups

December 14, 2015

The Kenan Institute chose Profound, a business intelligence solution, to help provide reports for entrepreneurs who need current market data to develop business plans and secure funding.

#FirstDay: The Who, What, When of UNC Startup 2015-2016

August 18, 2015

Startups to watch, events to attend and ways to get involved in the UNC Chapel Hill startup community in the 2015-16 school year. Technology Commercialization Carolina aimed to spur more startup creation on and around campus.

UNC's Kenan Institute launches $1.1M initiative to support inventors and innovators

August 5, 2015

N.C. innovators and inventors will now have the opportunity to get a leg up with help from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Institute launches technology commercialization center

August 4, 2015

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has launched Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), an initiative supporting North Carolina innovators and inventors through commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early-stage venture launch support and funding.

UNC launches $2M Technology Commercialization Carolina for inventors, statups

August 4, 2015

Inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and startups have a new resource from which to draw a variety of support, including funding. It's the Technology Commercialization Center at UNC, launching with $2.2 million in funding.

Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise awarded i6 Challenge grant

April 10, 2015

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded an i6 Challenge grant to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.