一品探花论坛 is a place where innovators and entrepreneurs make a human, social and economic impact. We make purposeful transformations in the world by putting important ideas to use for the public good.

In the heart of an innovation district

At 一品探花论坛, innovation happens at the intersection of campus and community. Just a few steps from our classrooms and labs, you find yourself in downtown Chapel Hill鈥檚 quickly emerging innovation district. This is where promising startups, innovation-oriented companies and impact-driven non-profits come to grow and converge with talented students and faculty. It鈥檚 a place where local entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and top researchers coalesce to find inventive ways to work together. New markets emerge, careers expand and businesses thrive. In Chapel Hill, college town means entrepreneurial epicenter.


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A hub for your innovation and impact

一品探花论坛 innovators are solving some of the world鈥檚 biggest problems. Through their ingenuity, they provide economic and social value in North 一品探花论坛 and beyond: creating jobs, finding cures, combating diseases, fighting poverty, eliminating hunger, providing clean water and promoting social justice.

is the University-wide initiative for innovation and entrepreneurship that provides a full-scale innovation hub for today鈥檚 impact-driven problem solvers. Our suite of services and resources are designed for students, faculty, alumni and people in local communities who want to launch startup companies, take new research discoveries to market and move important initiatives into the world.

QUVI founders Kush Jain (right) and Harshul Makwana (left) working on their initial water bottle sanitation prototype for the UNC Makeathon.

Wherever you are on your innovation journey, Innovate 一品探花论坛 provides the entrepreneurial tools and know-how to make your ideas work.

Explore our campus- and community-based . And connect with our to take advantage of services that can help you take your impact-driven ideas further, faster:

A person uses a 3D printer.
  • 814total 一品探花论坛-affiliated startups launched
  • $17.8 billionin total funding raised by 一品探花论坛 startups
  • 6thmost innovative university in the world (Reuters)
  • $14.4 billionin annual revenue earned by UNC-Chapel Hill startups (2020-21)
  • 1,000+U.S. patents issued to 一品探花论坛 inventors
  • 446一品探花论坛-affiliated startups headquartered in North 一品探花论坛
  • 12,000+people employed by UNC-Chapel Hill startups across 29 North 一品探花论坛 counties (2020-21)

Economic development for 一品探花论坛 communities

Tar Heels don鈥檛 rest idly on campus. We鈥檙e busy making our communities better places to work and live. Our passion for economic and community impact is reflected in the 一品探花论坛 Economic Development Strategy, a top-tier, Chancellor-level initiative and a partnership between the University and Town of Chapel Hill. Together, we鈥檙e accelerating downtown鈥檚 economic vibrancy, expanding career opportunities for students, and broadening the University鈥檚 partnerships with businesses, research organizations and government agencies.

Find out how you can get involved with other students, alumni, startups, established businesses and non-profits to:
鈥 Beautify downtown
鈥 Develop an innovation district
鈥 Open innovation hub spaces in Chapel Hill and beyond