Total number of UNC startups (since 1958)
Annual startup revenue (2023 snapshot)
Total startup funding raised (since 1958)
Data Sources: Innovate Carolina Startups Database, 2023
Venture creation is our DNA
At Carolina, we see research discoveries and novel ideas as more than academic explorations. They're the beginnings of new businesses. Our startup accelerators and programs provide faculty and students with entrepreneurial tools and resources to launch new ventures. We turn science into startups. And novel ideas into economic impact and social good.
Total UNC Startups (since 1958)
Active UNC startups, 939 total startups since 1958
Active UNC startups headquartered in NC, 939 total startups since 1958
Total UNC Startup Jobs
UNC startup jobs created in North Carolina, 102,479 total jobs created
Local roots. Global reach.
Active UNC-affiliated startups headquartered in
North Carolina counties
Built in Carolina. To boost our communities.
of active UNC startups are headquartered across 31 NC counties
of revenue earned by UNC startups comes from those headquartered in NC
of UNC startups are still active
Raise the roof on capital and revenue
Who launches startups at Carolina?
CAROLINA ANGEL NETWORK
A startup funding haven. Made in blue heaven.
For early-stage, UNC-affiliated startup founders, seed funding can be elusive. But since 2016, the Carolina Angel Network has matched Carolina-connected startups with its national network of accredited investors who are alumni or friends of the University. The result has been a surge of investments in Tar Heel-created companies that are creating new jobs, products and services in North Carolina and beyond.
Innovate Carolina Impact Dashboard Data Sources: Innovate Carolina Startups Database, UNC Office of Technology Commercialization, Association of University Technology Managers; UNC startups employment data (most recent analysis, July 2022) © 2022 Innovate Carolina All Rights Reserved