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What Is 1789?
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Are you interested in innovation or have an idea? The first step is joining our community. From there, we will get you plugged into to resources across campus. 1789 is a student co-working space in downtown Chapel Hill – just 23 steps above Franklin Street. It’s where you can explore innovative ideas, work on entrepreneurial projects and even begin to build a startup.

1789 Stududent Venture Fund & Launch Chapel Hill Summer Accelerator
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All Carolina students working on entrepreneurial ventures are eligible to apply. This partnership between the two programs makes applying quicker and more convenient for students. Students ventures at different stages may benefit from a different combination of funding, mentorship, workspaces and educational programming – and this combined application will connect students to the resources they need when they need them most.

Ask An Innovator!
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Visit Ask an Innovator, a simple, yet powerful online platform that’s powered by Innovate Carolina and created in partnership with The Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School. This digital tool makes it easy for you to send your questions to our community of innovators who are ready to assist. It’s free and available for you to use at your convenience

Innovation Showcase
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Taking your innovation to the edge and making an impact 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. When you attend the Innovation Showcase hosted by Innovate Carolina, you meet the most enterprising innovators from UNC-Chapel Hill and the local entrepreneurial community.

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Six Reasons to Join 1789