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Business Accelerator

Our 22-week Business Accelerator program takes place twice a year - January to June and July to December.  This program is designed to increase the growth of high-impact start-up and early stage ventures. We are looking for entrepreneurs who are committed to building early stage businesses into self-sustaining enterprises.  We provide teams with:

  • Workshops across multiple business functions, including marketing, accounting, and legal resources.  Our connections span the UNC, Chapel Hill and Orange County communities.

  • Individual Mentorship - each company is matched with one of our Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs).  These entrepreneurial experts have been involved as founders and leaders of multiple start-ups over the course of their careers.  They utilize that experience to help provide general guidance and connect teams with resources.

  • Pitch Coaching with UNC Professor Tim Flood

  • Collaborative Office Space in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill.  Our first-class space includes flexible meeting areas, dedicated conference space, high-speed, high-bandwidth WiFi, and all of the Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee you can drink.

  • Partnership with Google - Launch companies are invited to join Google’s Cloud Startup Program.  This includes $20,000 in Cloud and Firebase credit, access to Google engineers for office hours, and invitations to exclusive local events.

  • Partnership with Amazon - Launch companies have access to AWS Activate - a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.  This includes $7,500 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years, 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000), and 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)

LAUNCH takes no equity.  All we ask is that you come ready to work and to grow both your own venture and the Chapel Hill start-up community.

 

Launch Chapel Hill Benefits:

Entrepreneurs & Industry Experts

Participants will receive access to an exclusive network of experienced and successful mentors from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, the UNC Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Chapel Hill business community.

Regularly Scheduled Speakers

Our regularly scheduled lunch-n-learns and speaker series bring successful entrepreneurs and expert guests to Chapel Hill to share their experiences and insights.

Office Space and Onsite Support System

Launch Chapel Hill is situated in a prime location in downtown Chapel Hill. Our Rosemary Street office is just steps away from Franklin Street and the UNC campus. Our amenities include parking, high speed internet, access to two professional conference rooms, and of course, all-you-can-drink coffee.

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Google beginning March 2018 to offer Launch companies membership in Google’s Cloud Startup Program.  This includes $20,000 in Cloud and Firebase credit, access to Google engineers for office hours, and invitations to exclusive local events.

Connections to Business Resources and Investment Capital

We provide a multitude of services, including marketing, accounting, and legal resources, at pro bono or preferential rates. By joining our entrepreneurial community, you gain access to a multitude of connections, resources, and investment capital opportunities within the UNC, Chapel Hill, and Orange County business community.

LAUNCH takes no equity.  All we ask is that you come ready to work and to grow both your own venture and the Chapel Hill start-up community.