A year after its introduction to UNC, Innovate@Carolina is starting to take shape in new programs and expansions.
A seminar Thursday night hosted by Judith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, introduced more than 100 students and community members to the program and what it has to offer.
Innovate@Carolina — a $125 million initiative introduced by Chancellor Holden Thorp last year — funds and promotes projects that improve commerce, science, society or the arts inside the University.
“The problems facing our world today are complex issues that need interdisciplinary solutions,” Cone said. “UNC needs to develop these skills.”
Cone promoted a few new projects being worked on this year, including expanding the initiative’s trademark minor in entrepreneurship.
The group is also working on creating a second headquarters at the Campus Y, which would complement the existing one in Hanes Hall, Cone said.
She said these headquarters work as a meeting place — or an idea incubator — for people interested in interdisciplinary idea generation.
She added that they are also adding a new course in the entrepreneurship minor that would be open to a wider range of students.
Cone named another expansion, Carolina KickStart, as an example of a program that integrates resources that help startup organizations on campus.