Chapel Hill's Premier Business Accelerator


Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator located in Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Twice a year we accept a new class of high-potential entrepreneurs who are committed to building their early-stage, high-potential businesses into self-sustaining enterprises. Launch provides the support, tools and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate the growth of your start-up.

Launch Chapel Hill - A Top 5 University Business Accelerator 

Launch Chapel Hill is proud to be listed on the UBI Global Index as one of the top 5 university-based accelerator programs in North America. The UBI rankings are based on economic impact, access to funding, and venture performance after program completion. 

Our Program

Our 22-week program is designed to increase the growth potential of high-impact start-up and early stage ventures.  As we become the central hub for entrepreneurship within the UNC and Raleigh-Durham ecosystem, Launch Chapel Hill aims to provide driven entrepreneurs with the best:

  1. Street-Smart Business Workshops
  2. Individual Mentorship
  3. Entrepreneurs-In-Residence 
  4. Partner Resources and Business Services
  5. Collaborative Office Space in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill. 

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Partner Resources & Services


Each Launch Chapel Hill company is matched with one of our three Entrepreneurs in Residence.  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 your team with needed resources.

Resource & Service Partners

Launch Chapel Hill provides access to a start-up expertise across multiple business functions, including marketing, accounting, and legal resources. Often these services are available pro bono or at preferential rates. We also offer our entrepreneurs access to our network of experts. Our connections span the UNC, Chapel Hill and Orange County communities and can provide deep industry-specific knowledge, introductions to potential customers and access to suppliers and partners.

Collaborative Office Space

We are located within a 3500 sq. ft. venture lab in the heart of Chapel Hill’s business district. Launch's enviable location is steps away from Franklin Street, UNC, and dozens of restaurants & coffee shops. Our fist-class space includes flexible meeting areas, dedicated conference space, high-speed, high bandwidth WiFi, and all the strong-coffee you can drink.

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