Supporting innovators and inventors in North Carolina

Awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

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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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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.

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Company Assistance

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

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News

UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Research Service Recognized for Leadership in Technology Commercialization Services

September 2, 2016

Among the few universities offering research support services for technology transfer and technology commercialization efforts, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and its Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise have been recognized for innovation and leadership.

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, startups

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.


The i6 challenge grant along with matching funds from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), a new $1.1 million initiative. TCC is designed to support North Carolina’s innovators and inventors through commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early stage venture launch support and funding.