Office Hours

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:

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:

Starting to think about raising money? Chat with IDEA Fund Partners Analyst and UNC alumni, Ethan Peikes to better understand the deal screening process, due diligence, and valuation. 

Email Ethan to schedule a session:

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) or Jaki Bonilla (CUBE) to talk about how your idea might transform the world through social innovation. 

Email Melissa Carrier and/or Jaki Bonilla to schedule a session:        and

Sam is a student entrepreneur at UNC studying business and entrepreneurship with a background in technology. He has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs bring their dreams into fruition, and is excited to bring my skills to the table.

Email Sam Canney for more information:

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.

Email Matt Verber or Collin McKinney to schedule a session:                and

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:

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:

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: