Mentors

1789’s mentors bring their expertise from a variety of backgrounds to advise students during office hours to make their entrepreneurial vision a reality. 

Mirah Alix
Mirah Alix
Metrics Dashboards and Visualizations
Mirah 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
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Jakelin Bonilla
Jakelin Bonilla
SOCIAL ESHIP & GLOBAL IMPACT
Jakelin “Jaki” Bonilla graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. At UNC, she founded Linking Immigrants to New Communities,
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Jonathan Collins
Jonathan Collins
OPERATIONS & CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
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
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Trevor Scanlon
Trevor Scanlon
PITCHING PRACTICE
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
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Liz Chen
Liz Chen
Design Thinking
Liz is the design thinking lead on our 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
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Nancy Lovas
Nancy Lovas
Business Research and Information
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
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Ethan Peikes
Ethan Peikes
Fundraising 101
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
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Arden Rosenblatt
Arden Rosenblatt
NEW VENTURE 101
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
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Patrick Kastian
Patrick Kastian
MARKET & COMPETITIVE RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
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,
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Melissa Carrier
Melissa Carrier
SOCIAL INNOVATION
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. She is the founder and former executive director of
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