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Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown and Center for Sustainable Enterprise Faculty Director Olga Hawn Featured in New York Times

February 17, 2020 • Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Greg Brown and Olga Hawn discuss the rise of B Corporations and entrepreneurs who are using sustainability as a key selling point in this New York Times article. More

Breaking Boundaries: The 2020 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference

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February 11, 2020

An inside look at the plenary sessions of the fourth annual Frontiers of Entrepreneurship conference, which convened practitioners, policymakers and academics to discuss the most challenging issues in the field of entrepreneurship and set the agenda for future research and policy. More

CREATE Director Maryann Feldman Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee

February 06, 2020 • CREATE

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Maryann Feldman, Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, adjunct professor of finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Kenan Institute-affiliated center CREATE, testified before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, part of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The hearing, titled "America's Seed Fund: A Review of SBIR and STTR," discussed the role of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program in helping to move the results of federally funded research into commercial development and generating new economic growth. More

Institute Insights: Is Chinese Venture Capital Booming or Pausing?

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January 24, 2020

China’s venture capital funding has contracted significantly since mid-2018. According to Christian Lundblad, director of research at the Kenan Institute, this is a byproduct of U.S. trade policy, some domestic Chinese investment policy and the usual ups and downs in a developing market. More

Institute Insights: Pay, Employment and Dynamics of Young Firms

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January 17, 2020

Prevailing data suggests that young firms pay employees less than their more mature counterparts. But does a closer look at the data tell a different story? More

Institute Insights: Venture Capital: Growth, Globalization and Governance

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January 08, 2020

Venture capital has existed since the 1970s, expanding and becoming more institutionalized year after year. But its growth in the aftermath of the global financial crisis has been unprecedented. More

Monopolies and the Changing Geography of Wealth

January 07, 2020 • CREATE

In a new study, researchers examine how the rising economic power of technology and finance firms has contributed to regional income disparities across America. More

NCGrowth Fall Showcase: Going Wild in Asheboro

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December 17, 2019

Twice each year, NCGrowth showcases its clients, recent projects and upcoming work in a unique place. On Dec. 13, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro hosted the event. Attendees learned about Asheboro, Randolph County and the broader Triad economy, and recent NCGrowth projects – and got to visit with some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants. More

Institute Insights: Preparing Entrepreneurship Students for the Future

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December 09, 2019

Five of the top 10 skills identified for business success are entrepreneurial skills, making entrepreneurship education relevant not just for would-be startup owners, but for general business students as well. More

Inaugural Software Growth & Investment Symposium: Funding the Triangle’s Burgeoning Tech Ecosystem

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December 05, 2019

In partnership with Vista Equity Partners, NCIF hosted the inaugural Software Growth & Investment Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The event brought together members of the Triangle’s burgeoning tech ecosystem to learn from leading software executives and their investors about proven approaches to scaling from $10 million to $100 million annual recurring revenue. More