The students’ boards will be constructed to best suit their needs for advisers who can propel their interests forward.
Launch Chapel Hill entrepreneur-in-residence Laura Zavelson said she is especially excited for the relationships that will be developed through this program.
“Our hope is that they will meet somebody they will make a personal connection with. Knowing the right people will make such a difference,” she said.
The Adams Apprenticeship Program applications will remain open until Oct. 5.
The yearlong program is designed for students who are serious about pursuing entrepreneurship, and students are encouraged to apply whether they are in the Kenan-Flagler Business School or not.
“We want to reach out across campus,” Zavelson said.
The program is designed for students who do not plan to start a business immediately after graduation but instead wish to further invest in themselves and their network, Zoller said.
“We are looking for ‘all-in entrepreneurs’,” he said. “We want (the apprentices) to think about that transition over the long haul.”
John Q. Adams III, a member of the Adams family and recent UNC graduate, said his family chose to introduce this apprenticeship at Chapel Hill because of Kenan-Flagler’s success.
“Kenan-Flagler is a leader in education. It is a testament to the faculty,” he said. “Education was so invaluable to me as a student.”
The Adams Apprentices will be announced Nov. 12. The Adams family is providing five years of funding for the apprenticeship.
Zoller said he is excited for the program to begin.
“It is the golden fleece of entrepreneurship,” he said. “When I was a student, this is what I would have wanted.”