Build: Create Spaces Where Ideas Come to LifeTo bring their ideas to life, innovators need spaces to meet, work, experiment, test and collaborate. We envision a connected corridor of space on and off campus to meet demand and grow our innovation capacity. We have four specific needs: (1) Proof-of-Concept Center, (2) Wet Lab, (3) Makerspaces and (4) Co-working and Shared-support Spaces.
Activate: Apply the Innovation Mindset and Skillset Across the Journey of an IdeaWe support faculty, students and staff who want to put their ideas into practice and thrive in society and the modern innovation economy. Support focuses on three new opportunities: (1) Pathways to Impact Program, (2) Dreamers Who Do Program and (3) Carolina Innovation Passport.
DevelopCarolina Law aspires to excel as a leader in public legal education and scholarship and to invest in areas of strength that are important to the economic future of North Carolina and beyond. Funding will support our Entrepreneurship Initiative, which will provide legal guidance to entrepreneurs at UNC when they are in their early stages of developing new business ideas. With your support, we will also ramp up initiatives focused on current critical issues, such as the Center for Banking and Finance and the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics (CE3) and hire faculty members with experience in corporate practice and intellectual property to lead clinics for Carolina Law students.
Build Research Capacity through Technology LeadershipResearch is what fuels us. New innovations in research touch all students, who can then touch so many lives outside our state borders. We must support and inspire new technologies—and create new spaces for ideas to flourish. Our three Research Hubs feature MakerSpaces to develop and test new ideas, and bring together interdisciplinary research groups to form strategic partnerships. Support for the Hubs will strengthen critical infrastructure to bolster our research mission.
Innovate Carolina moves more ideas into the world faster to solve the world’s problems and strengthen the economy.