Patent Landscaping & Market Evaluation

Get help developing your idea into working technology and IP.

Startup Consulting

Get help with the commercialization process.

Company Assistance (E-TAP)

Get help expanding your start-up or existing business in your rural community.

Workshops & Training

Get training and attend workshops on different entrepreneurial topics.

Supporting innovators and inventors in North Carolina
Awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Are you an inventor or entrepreneur looking to start or accelerate a business?

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Patents & Markets

We locate information and provide analysis to support development of your idea into working technology and IP.
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* Open to anyone.

Startup Consulting

We assist faculty researchers and entrepreneurs with support services designed to increase technology commercialization through licensing and new venture creation.
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* Open to UNC affiliated faculty, staff, students.

Company Assistance

We pair NC companies with MBA students to solve specific issues they may be experiencing.
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* Open to private companies.



October 2016

University Entrepreneur Workshop

During this two-day workshop, attendees will learn the practical aspects of starting a company based on university research. The workshop will cover company incorporation, intellectual property, building the team, working with the university, early-stage funding, and building the business case. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to meet one-to-one with an advisor to discuss technology, the business opportunity, and next steps.
September 2016

The BIG Pitch Competition - Final Registration Deadline

The BIG Pitch Competition seeks undergraduate and gradute innovations that improve economies, health, and the environmnet under the theme of sustainability. Eight finalists will present at Ocean Exchange in November for a chance to receive a $10,000 cash award.
August 2016

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards Deadline

Since 2006, the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards has supported over a 100 female entrepreneurs worldwide. Each year, 18 finalists are selected, 6 of whom will become Laureates. Finalists get access to coaching, entrepreneurial workshop and media visibility. The Laureates receive a unique and comprehensive support package: US $ 20, 000 of funding, one year of coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.
August 2016

2016 Leadership Conference

Leading transformation for a better tomorrow Technologies that lift the human spirit. Sponsored by Indian Institutes of Technology Association of Greater New England.
July 2016

Carolina KickStart Commercialization Award Applications Due

The Commercialization Award welcomes applications in two areas: • Life Science - Ex. therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, services, and research tools • Technology - Ex. material sciences, energy, computer science
July 2016

Call for Proposal: Maker-in-Residence Program

BeAM (Be A Maker) @ Carolina and UNC-CH Libraries are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Call for Proposal for the Maker-in-Residence program. For a full description of the Maker-in-Residence program and application requirements, please use the link below. Applications are due July 15, 2016 by 5 pm.
July 2016

Unique Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for Platform Technologies

This presentation will address how to formulate a strong intellectual property protection strategy for a platform technology with an emphasis on factors that influence the decision to choose one form of protection over the other.
June 2016

SBIR/STTR Training for University Researchers

Register now and learn from experts with decades of experience on SBIR/STTR, an integral source of capital for early stage U.S. small businesses. Classes held on June 30, July 7, and July 12.


HSL launches The Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative

May 26, 2016

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that in collaboration with the School of Medicine we have created The Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative (CaDHRI). This initiative is designed to provide a catalyst for disruptive innovation in digital health research and clinical care at Carolina.

Helping Papirys Bridge the Gap Between Its Products and the Consumers Who Need Them

March 11, 2016

Technology Commercialization Carolina, a Kenan Institute program funded by the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Kenan Fund, extended its resources in Fall 2015 by referring a project to our colleague Professor Nick Didow of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. We appreciate that he and his team were willing to engage.

Kenan Institute's Ashley Brown named 2016 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award winner

February 23, 2016

Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), of the UNC Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, is pleased to announce that Ashley Brown, Research Analyst, has been named the winner of the 2016 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award.

Y Combinator is coming to UNC on Tuesday, January 26th

January 11, 2016

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started. Some companies may need no more than seed funding. Others will go through several rounds. There is no right answer; how much funding you need depends on the kind of company you start.

The Kenan Institute at UNC Uses Profound to Aid Start-Ups

December 14, 2015

The Kenan Institute chose Profound, a business intelligence solution, to help provide reports for entrepreneurs who need current market data to develop business plans and secure funding.

#FirstDay: The Who, What, When of UNC Startup 2015-2016

August 18, 2015

Startups to watch, events to attend and ways to get involved in the UNC Chapel Hill startup community in the 2015-16 school year. Technology Commercialization Carolina aimed to spur more startup creation on and around campus.

UNC's Kenan Institute launches $1.1M initiative to support inventors and innovators

August 5, 2015

N.C. innovators and inventors will now have the opportunity to get a leg up with help from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Institute launches technology commercialization center

August 4, 2015

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise has launched Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), an initiative supporting North Carolina innovators and inventors through commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early-stage venture launch support and funding.

UNC launches $2M Technology Commercialization Carolina for inventors, statups

August 4, 2015

Inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and startups have a new resource from which to draw a variety of support, including funding. It's the Technology Commercialization Center at UNC, launching with $2.2 million in funding.