Launch 
Accelerator
Stakeholders 
Financial Partners 
UNC 
Town of Chapel Hill 
Orange County 
Becker Family 
Resource Partners 
Local Law Fir...
Goals 
• Promote economic development 
in Chapel Hill & RTP 
• Create outlet for graduates of 
UNC entrepreneurship progra...
Program Ingredients 
• 2 Cohorts per year (January & July) 
• Entrepreneurs in Residence 
• Mentor Network 
• Financial, A...
Our Ventures 
Cohort alpha: 
Cohort 1:
Cohort 2:
Key Metrics 
• 34 Companies served to Date: 
– 18 in house, 16 have moved out of Launch 
4 in CH offices, 5 in area co-wor...
Key Metrics 
• Created Community of Entrepreneurs – 1 Million 
Cups, Triangle Entrepreneurship Week, Start Up 
Weekend, et...
Update on Launch Chapel Hill
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On September 4, 2014, Dr. Ted Zoller with Kenan-Flagler Business School and Dina Mills of Launch Chapel Hill gave an update on Launch, the accelerator located on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill.

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  • Financial Partners
    UNC
    Town of Chapel Hill
    Orange County
    Becker Family
    Resource Partners
    Local Law Firms, Accounting Firms, PR Agencies, Marketing Firms, and Departments across UNC and even Duke University
    Community
    SCORE, Friends of the Downtown, Chamber, Local Serial Entrepreneurs, Angels, Investors and Retired Executives
  • Update on Launch Chapel Hill

    1. 1. Launch Accelerator
    2. 2. Stakeholders Financial Partners UNC Town of Chapel Hill Orange County Becker Family Resource Partners Local Law Firms, Accounting Firms, PR Agencies, Marketing Firms, and Departments across UNC and even Duke University Community Triangle Office Equipment, SCORE, Friends of the Downtown, Local Serial Entrepreneurs, Angels, Investors
    3. 3. Goals • Promote economic development in Chapel Hill & RTP • Create outlet for graduates of UNC entrepreneurship programs • Build/retain an accessible network of experienced entrepreneurs to engage in UNC entrepreneurship curriculum (building the stack) • Extend UNC’s commitment to innovation to the broader community • Help raise RTP region’s profile as a leading start-up hub
    4. 4. Program Ingredients • 2 Cohorts per year (January & July) • Entrepreneurs in Residence • Mentor Network • Financial, Accounting, Legal, Marketing experts for Lunch n Learns and Guru Hours • Speaker Series • Networking events – 1mc, mixers, pitch sessions, free lunch fridays • Funding Assistance • Co-working space – 3500 sq. ft. of hot desks, (shared offices) and dedicated offices
    5. 5. Our Ventures Cohort alpha: Cohort 1:
    6. 6. Cohort 2:
    7. 7. Key Metrics • 34 Companies served to Date: – 18 in house, 16 have moved out of Launch 4 in CH offices, 5 in area co-working spaces, a few have moved out of area and a few back into home offices. None have completely ceased operation. – Collectively have raised over $1.5 million in early stage funding and over $2 million in venture funding – Job creation – early stage – Keona- grown from 1 to 8 FTE, Impulsonic 2 to 6 FTE, with most utilizing part-time or interns
    8. 8. Key Metrics • Created Community of Entrepreneurs – 1 Million Cups, Triangle Entrepreneurship Week, Start Up Weekend, etc • Strengthen Town-Gown relationships – students and classes working with Community entrepreneurs, and vice versa • Raising Chapel Hill’s profile as a place for Start-ups – local, regional and national press

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