The Carolina Challenge is the premier entrepreneurship event at UNC. Every year, dozens of teams pitch their ideas to over 250 judges at our Pitch Party in hopes of winning prize money to fund their ventures.

The Carolina Challenge Pitch Party Application is Live!

Due October 23rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm EST

The Carolina Challenge is the premier entrepreneurship event at UNC. Every year, dozens of student teams pitch their ideas to over 250 judges at our Pitch Party in hopes of winning prize money to fund their ventures. This year we have a special keynote speaker, Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America joining us! Sign up to pitch at the competition from 5-8 pm at the Blue Zone! Apply Here

Upcoming events:

How to get a startup job with Venture for America

Thursday, September 26, 2019 • BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Meet a Venture for America Representative and learn how to pitch yourself to startups. Winson will share advice on how to network and find opportunities that align with your skillset. Of course, he will also answer all of your questions about Venture for America. Hear the stories of successful UNC alum that went through the program and learn how you can apply for the two-year fellowship program. MORE

#Fails and Fake ID’s (1)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 • BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Customer Discovery is the key to turning an idea into a sustainable product or service. In this interactive session, we’ll get out of our comfort zones and talk to people around campus to practice how to conduct quick interviews and collect the data you need to take the next step on your project or idea. Discover how being okay with failure and failing fast can help you avoid common mistakes many entrepreneurs make. Note: This same workshop is being offered on October 9th. MORE

#Fails and Fake ID’s (2)

Monday, October 7th, 2019 • BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Customer Discovery is the key to turning an idea into a sustainable product or service. In this interactive session, we’ll get out of our comfort zones and talk to people around campus to practice how to conduct quick interviews and collect the data you need to take the next step on your project or idea. Discover how being okay with failure and failing fast can help you avoid common mistakes many entrepreneurs make. Note: This same workshop is being offered on October 7th. MORE

Building a Good Team + Challenge Networking Night 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 • BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Are you interested in participating in the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party (Nov. 7, 2019) or Carolina Challenge Makeathon (Jan 26-Feb 8, 2020), but still need to develop your idea or team? And/or are you curious about how to build or work on a solid team in any career you pursue? If yes, then this is the event for you! In this session, KF Professor of Organizational Behavior, Shimul Melwani, will lead us in an interactive activity to build a solid team followed by food and networking! MORE

Carolina Challenge Pitch Party Application Due!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Apply to pitch your venture at “THE” cross-campus venture competition. This exhibition-style event will give you the opportunity to present your idea to 250 judges. Up to 10 prizes will be awarded to the teams that earn the most tokens from judges! Note: most teams who meet the criteria (see eligibility page on the link below) will get a table at the Pitch Party. We highly encourage you to attend our other pre-workshops to help you prep (#fails, pitch practice, and team building!) Apply here

Carolina Challenge Pitch Party Practice  

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 • BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Learn how to perfect your pitch from Communications Professor Tim Flood. He will teach you about the elements of a good pitch and techniques for public speaking! This workshop will help you shine at the Carolina Challenge Pitch Party! MORE

Carolina Challenge Pitch Party  

Tuesday, November 7th, 2019 

The Carolina Challenge is the premier entrepreneurship event at UNC. Every year, dozens of student teams pitch their ideas to over 250 judges at our Pitch Party in hopes of winning prize money to fund their ventures. This year we have a special keynote speaker, Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America joining us! Sign up to pitch or judge the competition from 5-8 pm at the Blue Zone!

Having difficult convos and asking the right questions + Carolina Challenge

Networking Night  

Monday, November 18th, 2019 BLUE Community (Carmichael Dorm)  

Did you know that poor team dynamics and communication is consistently in the top 3 reasons why a startup will fail? Join the Eship Center and District C Founder, Anne Jones, for a workshop designed to help you have those difficult conversations with teammates and colleagues and help form solid and inclusive teams for your startup or career. The second half of the event will be open mic idea sharing, food and mingling to allow for organic team formation to prep for Makeathon (January 26-February 8, 2020)! Please read through the team requirements on the Makeathon website prior to attending this workshop: http://makeathon.unc.edu/

Related on-campus events:

Adam’s Apprenticeship Application

Due September 23rd, 2019 

We are looking for exceptional students (Juniors and 1st year grads) from across UNC who are committed to pursuing an entrepreneurial career for this year-long apprenticeship. Whether you intend to start a business, join a startup team, work for larger corporations, or provide funding for entrepreneurial ventures, an ideal candidate is committed to working on themselves both professionally and personally. Apply here

Designing for Change: Women in Entrepreneurship 

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 • 1789 Venture Lab

Join the Eship Center and Innovate Carolina on October 24th at 5:30 PM at 1789 Venture Lab for a design thinking workshop targeting the issues women face in entrepreneurship, complete with a panel of 6 young UNC alumnae from entrepreneurial backgrounds from venture capital to startup founders to corporate marketing. MORE

Adams Apprenticeship Fall Conference  

Friday, November 8th, 2019 

The Adams Apprenticeship is a life-long network of students and successful UNC alumni committed to developing transformative entrepreneurial careers as founders, funders, and intrapreneurs. This event is private to Adams Advisors and Apprentices. Learn more about how you can join the network on the website!

Past events:

Carolina Challenge Makeathon

February 10, 2019 to February 16, 2019

UNC’s week-long Makeathon is a creative, cross-campus competition which accelerates innovative ideas into physical and digital prototypes that promote positive social impact. Academically diverse student teams will compete in one of two tracks: digital or physical product development. Teams will have special access to on-campus makerspaces, app labs, workshops, and expert mentors to design, reiterate, and enhance their products, business models, and pitches. Students will also build a network of peers and community members who are skilled in innovating, making, and entrepreneurship, which will extend beyond the competition. The Makeathon culminates in a final pitch event where students and other expert judges will vote to give the teams the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and other prizes and opportunities. Learn more at the Makeathon’s website.

Pre-Makeathon Team Match and Mingle Event

January 22, 2019 | 6:30-8:30 pm | BLUE 

(1st floor of Carmichael Dorm)

If you are excited about joining the Makeathon this year but aren’t sure where to start, this event on January 22 is for you! The Team Match and Mingle Event is for students who:

  • Are new to everything making and/or entrepreneurship but want to get involved!
  • Have an idea or product, but need 2-4 teammates to help develop the idea (Reminder: Makeathon rules specify that teams must consist of 3-5 student members)
  • Already have a small team and momentum on a product or venture, but need additional teammates or skills on their team

This event will give you the opportunity to meet others who are just starting out with similar interests as you, and/or introduce you to existing teams who are open to adding new members with your skillsets!  We will help facilitate activities that will help you get to know the other attendees on a deeper level quickly (and provide the snacks to chat over), then we’ll leave it to you to continue the connections and submit your application for the Makeathon with your teammates for consideration by the January 27, 2019 at 11:59pm deadline.

Pitch Party

November 8, 2018 | 5-8 pm | Blue Zone

Apply to pitch your venture at “THE” cross-campus venture competition. This exhibition style event will give you the opportunity to present your ideas to 150 judges. Up to 10 prizes will be awarded to the teams that earn the most tokens from judges! Note: most teams who meet the criteria (see eligibility page) will get a table at the Pitch Party. We highly encourage you to attend the pitch practice on October 10th to better understand the best practices in pitching!

 

For more events related to early venturing and starting a business visit the 1789 HUB Events Page.


Congratulations to our Top Teams from the 2019 Carolina Challenge Makeathon!

Phyta – Sanistation – Mind Over Matter – SP0T – Shearless – Newco Gouru – Hempsulation – UNCeats – BuddyVR

Secured – Nail It – Calendex – Breakthrough Breathing – MLDY Music – Phoenyx – Arkoudaki

Makeathon Final