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The sixth annual conference will convene thought leaders from academics, industry and government to debate the most challenging current issues in the field of entrepreneurship and set the agenda for future research and policy.

Private equity continues to grow as a major investment vehicle in the U.S. and globally. The 12th annual PERC Conference will build on its legacy as a leading research symposium in the ever-expanding field of private equity.

This course is a unique opportunity to create a thoughtful roadmap for succession in your family business. Come explore family business continuity challenges and common practices for successfully leading family-owned enterprises. Emphasis is placed on the importance of open, transparent communication in the family; the creation of a shared vision for the business; and the alignment of family and business goals.

Employee spinouts, startups founded by prior employees of existing industry firms, play a critical role in firm creation and knowledge transfer within and across industries. Their superior performance often arises from resources and knowledge accrued during employment in parent firms. An understudied question relates to whether prior employment in parent firms impacts an employee spinout’s alliance formation, given that alliances are critical to the survival and commercial success of startups. This article examines when employee spinout’s alliance partners overlap with their parent’s partners. Drawing on alliance formation patterns of U.S. medical device spinouts founded between 1990 to 2013, we find that spinouts extending their parents’ technologies tend to have more alliance partner overlap with their parents, whereas product market overlap leads to fewer overlapping partners.

Join the Family Enterprise Center and your family business peers to learn how to leverage strategic thinking to achieve your family business goals.

Real Estate investments continue to rise in importance in the alternative asset space. The Institute for Private Capital will host this event which will present innovative and leading research on real estate investments.

Please join us for an exclusive conversation with Bobby Long and Louise Brady on Wednesday, Sept. 22. This discussion is part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Professor of Finance and CREATE Faculty Director Maryann Feldman's latest report – co-authored with Simona Iammarino, Carolin Ioramashvili and Frederick Guy – is leading coverage of the ways in which Big Tech is radically changing the Triangle's startup ecosystem.

More than ever, businesses are tasked with pleasing both shareholders and stakeholders, including employees, customers and even communities. But can it be done? In this week's Kenan Insight, our experts explore the most successful strategies employed by a class of businesses that have been navigating this debate for generations: family firms.

The COVID-19 pandemic increased economic inequities in a number of ways, including in access to external capital – and while 2020 marked a break-out year for venture-backed firms, the pandemic hit many main street businesses hard. In this Kenan Insight, we explore the forces driving the haves and have-nots in this new economic climate, as well as actionable policy solutions as government support programs wind down.

Using U.S. tax-return data containing the universe of individual taxable stock sales from 2008 to 2009, we examine which individuals increased their sale of stocks following episodes of market tumult. We find that the increase was disproportionately concentrated among investors in the top 1 and top 0.1% of the overall income distribution, retired individuals, and individuals at the very top of the dividend income distribution. Our estimates suggest that, following the day when Lehman Brothers collapsed, taxpayers in the top 0.1% sold $1.7 billion more in stocks than individuals in the bottom 75%. This difference is equal to 89% of average daily sales by taxpayers in the top 0.1%.

With consumer prices rising for a third straight month in June, consumer demand continuing to outstrip supply and stock valuations well above long-term averages, our experts explore whether the so-called “everything bubble” of asset prices could be set to burst – and examine what’s next for investors and firms.

Our Capital Formation Experts

Greg Brown

Executive Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Philip Howard

Senior Research Associate

Christian Lundblad

Director of Research, Levin Distinguished Professor of Finance, and Associate Dean of the Ph.D. Program, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School