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1789 members get complimentary office hours with local entrepreneurs, business and innovation experts to help them navigate everything from career decisions to venture creation and challenges.
From ideation to business development, Patrick Kastian guides you through each step of the process. You’ll find that market research answers important questions facing every entrepreneur and learn to analyze that information in context of your project:
- Who is my customer, and what can I do for them?
- Who are my competitors and potential partners?
- What will my customer pay for my product?
- How do I design and build my product?
- How do I scale my business?
Email Patrick to set up an appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Need software help? Jeff Terrell is the professor of the practice in the computer science department. He’s been coding professionally for over a decade on a variety of software, and he’s also familiar with how software and business connect from his CTO and startup experience. If you need anything from general advice on strategy software to help debugging your code.
Email Jeff Terrell to schedule a session: email@example.com
- Get info about CUBE and the Campus Y
- Learn more about funding through Kenan Biddle
- Receive support for social justice and social innovation initiatives
- Learn from personal experiences related to research and volunteering abroad.
Set up an appointment with Jaki Bonilla: https://calendly.com/jakibonilla/socialinnovation
Do you have an idea that seeks to create change for an underserved, disadvantaged or neglected population? Or does your solution complement the traditional approaches of business, nonprofit and government to address social and/or environmental problems in an creative and novel way? Or do you have a business idea that also creates impact for the environment or society? Meet with Melissa Carrier (Professor of Practice) to talk about how your idea might transform the world through social innovation.
Email Melissa Carrier to schedule a session: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are the engineering resource on campus to help you with your start-up ideas and commercialization goals. We offer one-on-one consultation as well as workshops and classes on topics where research, technology, engineering, and business converge. Engineering and strategic planning is our forte´. We are a group of seasoned engineers and scientists with entrepreneurial backgrounds.
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. She was a Morehead-Cain scholar at UNC. Niki can provide guidance around storytelling for both your personal brand and/or your business for maximum impact. She can also help advise current or prospective startup founders.
Contact Niki Shamdasani: email@example.com
Arden can provide you with support in the following:
Establishing Your Company:
- Guidance on LLC applications, general startup considerations and helpful local resources
Defining Your Value Proposition:
- Identifying your ideal target market, problem statement and unique selling proposition
Developing Your Business Plan:
- Using tools like the Business Model Canvas to create a 1st draft business plan
Validating Your Business Model:
- Applying techniques such as Customer Discovery and Minimum Viable Products to validate your business model and product-market fit with target customers
Selling Your Vision:
- Pitching your company to prospective customers, advisers, and investors at the earliest stages
Email Arden for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Email Nancy for more information: email@example.com
Need some help figuring out if your venture really solves a problem? Can’t figure out how to create a prototype? Don’t feel comfortable giving a pitch or need someone to help you craft your venture’s story? Come by Trevor Scanlon’s office hours with any and all questions.
Email Trevor for more information:
Not sure how to track your venture’s success or build a data dashboard? Need help creating visualizations to communicate this information to stakeholders? Mirah’s office hours offer guidance to organizing and tracking your venture’s key metrics (be it sales, social media presence, or societal impact). You can also get advice on how to visually and strategically communicate this information to negotiate with partners or market your value.
Come for advice on:
-Growing online sales and maximizing profit
-Creating Excel and Tableau data dashboards
-Designing aesthetically pleasing infographics and pitch decks
-Introductory level: Inventory forecasting & SEO
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As the Student Engagement and Events Manager at Innovate Carolina, Kimi 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. Do you have questions about programs or funding? New to entrepreneurship and not sure where to start? Email Kimi and schedule a time to chat about how to get involved in the Innovate Carolina student community.
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