Grow: Increase Innovation to Speed ProgressTo remain at the forefront of innovation and continue to provide maximum economic and social value to the state and world, Carolina must increase the number and speed of innovations created by faculty, staff and students. Support will fund three priorities: (1) Innovate Carolina Alumni Network Fund, (2) Matching/Sidecar Venture Funds and (3) Social Innovation Initiative.
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.
Getting Ideas to Market FasterUniversities are known for their slow-moving ways, but in today’s fast-changing technological environment, we must focus on methods and ideas that accelerate the pace of moving entrepreneurial ideas with commercial promise or social impact to markets and people in North Carolina and around the world.
The media industry is a rapidly changing one. A gift from the Curtis Foundation will ensure Carolina media and journalism students adapt to those changes.
For our 7,000-plus alumni, no building on campus better encapsulates their education than Beard Hall.
We are grounded in a responsibility to expand access to information for people throughout the world, promoting informed communities and educated citizens.