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Dreamers-Who-Do Award

Hosted by Innovate Carolina

Apply Aug. 19 – Oct. 15

If you’re a UNC-Chapel Hill student with an innovative idea and you are looking for a chance to put it into action, Innovate Carolina invites you to apply for the award. It’s an opportunity to receive funding to pursue your idea as part
of a project that helps to solve a problem or enhance innovation and entrepreneurship on campus, in a local community or on a global scale. Funding can be used for proof-of-concept work to develop ideas, engage in customer discovery, or
research the market or potential strategic partners. Funding cannot be used for product or technology development or to fund an existing venture!

Register Here!

Creating a Space for Black Student Entrepreneurs

Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Center

TBD. • Online

Our Eship Center has publicly expressed our support of the Black Lives Matter movement and we are committed to diversity and being allies to the Black community. We will continue to prioritize increasing representation and inclusion in the work that we do at UNC and in the greater community. This session will focus on discussing the various journeys of Black student entrepreneurs in our ecosystem. Get ready to see familiar faces and make new friends!

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A Conscious Conversation

October 2nd • Zoom

A Conscious Conversation is a space for meaningful, empathetic, and energizing discussion. Since March 2020, we’ve been offering weekly Conscious Conversations as a space to feel safe, supported, and connected during this time of uncertainty and physical distance. Share what you’ve been feeling openly and honestly about both personal and contemporary issues. Cultivate a broader perspective on life and find opportunities for personal, professional, and collective growth.

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Finding Your Zone of Genius

Wednesday October 28 @ 4pm

What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? What is your zone of genius? Think through different areas of your life and unlock your highest potential with Melissa Carrier, Director of Social Innovation as she facilitates an activity around the four different zones of function that Gay Hendricks identified in his book, The Big Leap. Then, hear from Dr. Tierney Bates, Interim Executive Director of University Career Services and sought-after speaker and facilitator in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, fundraising, and career coaching about how to forge your own path in this time of uncertainty.

A powerful collaboration between Innovate Carolina, CUBE, The Entrepreneurship Center and University Career Services, the session is for any student interested in learning a new set of habits that will liberate your authentic greatness.



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Meet the Mentors

Wednesdays at noon • Online

Do you know there are
15 mentors at 1789

Our mentors are ready to talk to students about ideas, help them navigate innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities on campus and guide them through building prototypes, completing secondary market research, considering social impact, incorporating, branding, visualizing data, seeking funding. All students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship are welcome at 1789 and encouraged to email these mentors to set up a time to chat, seek feedback on their idea and get their questions answered. Attend this Meet the Mentor Series to learn a little more about each mentor and other students like yourself in a casual zoom setting. Come with questions!

October 14,
November 4

1789 Community Yoga

Reoccurring (bi-monthly) Mondays @ 5:30pm Fridays @ 1pm

Every entrepreneur, big or small, benefits from relaxation techniques and a focus on mental wellbeing. Yoga provides clarity of mind, promotes creativity, and builds confidence through trying something new — all of which are invaluable
to entrepreneurs, whether you’re just starting out or already underway. It is also an awesome way to step away from the desk and give your brain a break, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Join us twice a month for 1789 Community Yoga
with Ruhi Dholakia, a current UNC senior and certified yoga instructor. Log in from wherever you are to take a risk, unleash your creativity, find mental and physical stability, and strengthen your resolve!
Friday September 4

Monday September 14

Friday October 2
Monday October 12
Friday October 30
Monday November 9

Startup Meet and Greet

Thursday November 12 @ 5pm • Online

Virtual style, of course! An Innovate Carolina/University Career Services collaboration. Chat directly with startups looking to build relationships with UNC students. Hear networking tips from career services and build relationships
that can lead to internships, mentors or employment.

Minority Startup Meet and Greet

Wednesday November 11 @ 5pm • Online

Virtual Style, of course! An Innovate Carolina, University Career Services and Black Entrepreneurs Initiative collaboration. Learn more about the experience of minority entrepreneurs by chatting directly with startup founders who are
historically underrepresented in this space and looking to build relationships with minority students. Hear networking tips from career services and build relationships that can lead to internships, mentors or employment.


Past Events


Watch on-demand videos of previous sessions. And links here:

Accelerating Individual Impact in Pharmacy

Sept. 22nd from 12-1pm on Zoom

Prentice Stovall, Jr. serves as the Global Development Leader for a molecule currently in phase 3 trials for multiple autoimmune diseases. In this role at Lilly, Prentice leads the molecule strategy, which includes team formation,lifecycle planning, key regulatory interactions, regulatory approval oversight, and scientific narrative development for internal and external parties. Prentice has held a wide range of roles during his 11 years at Lilly includingmarketing, market research, forecasting, sales, development, and leadership. He has spent time living outside of the U.S., leading the oncology business in Canada and serving on Lilly Canada’s leadership team. Previously, he served asthe chair of the African American Network (AAN), one of the largest employee resource groups at Lilly. He played a leadership role in accelerating the diversity and inclusion efforts for the company and in the community. His time as thechair was defined by his ability to reimagine the AAN, set a clear strategy, and activate the membership. Prior to Lilly, Prentice received his Bachelors of Science from Purdue University in 2003 and his Masters of BusinessAdministration from the Krannert School of Management in 2009.

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Get Plugged into Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Hosted by Innovate Carolina, The Entrepreneurship Center and the Shuford Program

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 • 12 noon – 1 p.m. • Online

Are you a UNC student interested in entrepreneurship? Have an idea to develop into a product? Running your own side hustle? Interested in investing? Want to learn skills to innovate in a larger organization or work for a startup?
Then join us for this session during which speakers from across campus will share resources you can utilize to build your entrepreneurial skills while at Carolina! We’ll also share updates on our operating procedures at our
innovative spaces and introduce new opportunities for fall 2020. Get ready to see familiar faces and make new friends!
Learn more.

Failing Fast: How to Talk to Potential Customers Early to Save Time & Money

Hosted by The Entrepreneurship Center

Wednesday, September 2 • 7pm • Online

Discover how being okay with failure and failing fast can help you. We’ll also learn how to properly identify your problem and customer in an interactive session. How to *socially distanced* talk to customers during covid (cold
calls, emails, Instagram polls & dms, facebook groups, etc.) Come fail with us! Get ready to see familiar faces and make new friends!

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ESHIP Scholars Info Session

Hosted by The Entrepreneurship Center

Wednesday, September 1, 2020 • 7 – 8:00p.m. • Online

Do you possess an entrepreneurial mindset? Are you drawn to opportunities, innovation, problem-solving, creating value, and or being a positive change agent in the world? If yes, apply to be an Eship Scholar! The Eship Scholars
Program is open to all learners at all levels of experience within entrepreneurship. The program is designed to provide first-year, second-year, and third-year undergraduate students and first year graduate students at UNC from
backgrounds and identities underrepresented in entrepreneurship with opportunities to accelerate your journeys down your own unique entrepreneurial path. Get ready to see familiar faces and make new friends!

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Meet the Mentors | 1789 Summer Series

Do you know there are 15 mentors at 1789 ready to talk to students about ideas, help them navigate innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities on campus and guide them
building prototypes
completing secondary market research
considering social impact
visualizing data and seeking funding.

Many of the mentors have their own personal experiencing founding a company or working for a startup. Some are faculty members. Some are staff. Some are graduate students. All are available to you! All students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship are welcome at 1789 and encouraged to email these mentors to set up a time to chat, seek feedback on their idea and get their questions answered. Attend this 1789 Summer Series to learn a little more about each mentor in a casual zoom setting.

Melissa Carrier
is a professor of the practice in the Department of Public Policy and the director of the Office of Social Innovation at UNC-Chapel Hill. Do you have an idea that seeks to create change for an underserved, disadvantaged or
neglected population? experience as a consultant, educator and executive director with emphasis on market-based solutions to co-create economic, social and environmental value.

Jonathan Collins is a freelance business consultant specializing in restaurants and the food & beverage retail market. He purchased his first restaurant, The Bagel Bar, in 2012 after serving in various managerial roles
both front of house and in the kitchen. In 2016, he built a second Bagel Bar from the ground up in downtown Durham and has extensive knowledge of the process of opening a new brick and mortar business.

Nancy Lovas is the Entrepreneurship Information Consultant/Librarian for UNC Chapel Hill. Are you searching for authoritative information to plan your business or research your market? Trying to navigate thousands of search results? Not sure where to find answers to your questions? Nancy will guide you to information sources for business research. Registration required. Registration closes 20 minutes before the start of the event.

Ethan Peikes
is an Analyst at IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm in Durham, NC. His primary responsibilities are to assist the investment team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and valuation. Prior to joining IFP, he worked for a
national nonprofit, where he organized college students to address issues ranging from democracy protection to environmental sustainability. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May 2018, where he received a B.S. in Business
Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Collin J McKinney
is currently the Director of the CRiTCL Electronics Core Laboratory and the Nano Device Characterization Lab (NDCL) in the Department of Chemistry. Collin does research in analytical instrumentation, applied to a diverse range
of applications in chemical, nuclear, medical, and biological sciences. His team is the engineering resource on campus to help with your startup and commercialization goals.

Niki Shamdasani
(UNC c/o 2015) is the co-founder and CEO of Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand. Before Sani, she was on the Program and Investments team of Matter, a startup accelerator and venture capital firm for early-stage media
companies in San Francisco and New York. She has built several businesses from the ground up, including the university’s first official mobile app CarolinaGO, Matter’s New York program and office, and her current business.

Trevor Scanlon

(UNC class of 2019) works at MetLife as a Project Coordinator on their Complex Problems team where he helps to diagnose major MetLife application failures. During his time at Carolina, Trevor was very involved in innovation and
emerging technology. He was an android developer and helped pitch for a student-run start-up, worked as a developer in the Emerging Technologies Lab, and most recently he has started his own venture that uses VR experiences to
help students perfect their pitch. Liz Chen is the design thinking lead on the Innovate Carolina team. In 2016, she was trained in human-centered design at the world renowned design firm
IDEO in San Francisco. Through her training, she spent 18 months applying design thinking mindsets and methods to develop a technological solution to teen pregnancy. In 2017, she co-founded the tech nonprofit MyHealthEd, Inc. whose mission is to use human-centered design to improve the health and well-being of youth of every identity. Its first product Real Talk is a mobile app that uses real stories by real teens to convey relevant and credible information about health topics to teens and reassures them that they are not alone. Real Talk has reached more than 10,000 teens and has been
featured in
Fast Company and Teen Vogue. Liz was named to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 class for Social Entrepreneurs and in May 2019, Liz served as the co-facilitator for the Chancellor’s Faculty Entrepreneurship Workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill that focused on design thinking. Arden Rosenblatt is a Business Launch Specialist at the Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), committed to providing entrepreneurs guidance on startup strategy, planning and fundamentals. Prior to joining the SBTDC, Arden was CEO and co-founder of PieceMaker, an early pioneer in delivering personalized consumer products through 3D printing technology and interactive retail experiences. As CEO Arden raised over $1M, developing world’s first initiatives with major brands such as Toys”R”Us, Nickelodeon, Ford Motors and Estee Lauder. Arden is passionate about the intersection of people, technology and opportunity, with an expertise in translating great ideas into successful businesses.

Patrick Kastian

is an analyst at Innovate Carolina and has over seven years of experience in market research and business development across a wide range of industries. Whether you just started working on your idea, have already built your
first prototype, or are ready to start marketing your product, Patrick can help guide you through the next steps in your startup process. Mirah Alix is a sociology graduate student at UNC with a passion for social
enterprise and environmentally responsible business. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Communications with a minor in Business from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Following graduation, she spent a year in the San
Francisco Bay Area as a Category Specialist for Walmart eCommerce, managing pricing and inventory for a multi-million dollar product assortment while negotiating marketing partnerships with high profile vendors. She’s worked
with Social Enterprise Alliance, building social media analytics dashboards and streamlining their membership leads pipeline. In other domains, Mirah is excited about systems-thinking and human-centered design, sparked by her
volunteer project that developed a career-readiness curriculum for refugees in Nashville. Kimi Yingling is the Student Engagement and Events Manager at Innovate Carolina. She can help you navigate the plethora of
resources related to innovation and entrepreneurship that exist at Carolina. She manages the 1789 coworking space, recruits student mentors, advises multiple student clubs, hosts the annual Student Startup Meet and Greet at
Launch Chapel Hill and preps a team for the ACC InVenture Prize each year.

Networking Nights
Do you have an idea and you are looking to find students with similar a passion or interest? Have you founded a student venture and you want to grow your team? Are you interested in innovation and entrepreneurship but not quite sure where you fit? Do you have a skill you could bring to a student startup? If you answered yes to any of these, 1789 Networking Night is for you