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Startup Connect Meet and Greet
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Students, startups and small businesses are invited to an nontraditional career fair where companies are given the mic to share about their mission and internship or employment opportunities available for students. All majors are encouraged to attend and learn more about working on exciting and innovative projects. The Startup Meet and Greet occurs each November.

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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 community of UNC students with similar passions. It’s where you can explore innovative ideas, work on entrepreneurial projects and even begin to build a startup.

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What is Systems Thinking?
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Join this interactive session to learn more about SYSTEMS THINKING–a disciplined approach to make sense of the world and find innovative solutions to problems. Systems thinking encourages big picture perspectives and benefits researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals. Learn how you can win a chance to represent UNC at the global finals at the University of Oxford, summer 2023.

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Four Reasons to Join 1789

  • Competitions
    Innovate Carolina powers the 1789 Community and also chooses, preps and supports the student venture representing UNC in both the ACC InVenture Prize and Map the System Competition annually. Learn more about both competitions first by being a 1789 hub member. We also share many other local, national and global opportunities to dig into your idea and win money!
  • Jobs and Internships
    Plug in to an expanding list of job and internship postings on the 1789 website. From internships during the school year and summer to longer term job possibilities, you’ll find great opportunities for starting out at a startup.
  • Expert Advice
    Is there a market for my idea? Who are my customers and competitors? How can I make an impact? How do I start raising money? Can I get software help? What about legal advice? 1789 members can schedule complimentary office hours with local entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovation experts to get wellinformed answers to big questions.
  • Funding
    Apply for 1789 student venture funding to seed your idea or startup connect funding to spend your summer interning at a local startup. Financial support is available to UNC students and updates are shared with 1789 Hub members first. 1789 Mentors serve as application reviewers so set up a causal chat with a mentor today to work on your idea.

Join 1789!