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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.

This fifth 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.

A recent TechCrunch article describes the new collaboration between the Kenan Institute-affiliated Entrepreneurship Center, Duke University, Stanford University and others to grow and support founder diversity in the tech industry.

In a recent ABC-11 news feature, Kenan Institute Executive Director Greg Brown weighed in on the proliferation of new businesses formed in North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, March 3, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker joined UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Dean Doug Shackelford for an exclusive virtual discussion. Walker discussed leading the $14 billion philanthropy, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation's reckoning around systemic racism and how business plays an essential role in the public good.

From research to teaching to community, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Associate Professor Mahka Moeen always has an eye on innovation and creative adaptation. Learn about her inspired – and inspiring – approach to her work in this recent article.

Each month Launch Chapel Hill and the UNC Entrepreneurship Center host fireside chats with a different theme. These chats showcase a broad range of entrepreneurs at various stages of their venture evolution. Featured entrepreneurs will discuss their journey: the good, the bad and the ugly. The first of the spring series will be on January 27 and will feature Eric Happel, who works on Nike's Global Partners Management and Strategy team. Join us as Eric describes his decision to leave Nike for a startup, his experience building a startup and then his return to Nike with his newfound knowledge and skills.

The UNC Entrepreneurship Center will release a year-end update to its 2020 Trends in Entrepreneurship Report as part of its announcement of a new partnership with the Research Triangle Foundation (RTF) at The UNC Difference: Coming to RTP.

We study the impact of widespread adoption of work-at-home technology using an equilibrium model where people choose where to live, how to allocate their time between working at home and at the office, and how much space to use in production. A key parameter is the elasticity of substitution between working at home and in the office that we estimate using cross-sectional time-use data.

We examine the impact of four classes of workplace interruptions on short-term (working hours) and long-term (across-shifts) worker performance in an agribusiness setting. The interruptions are organized in a two-by-two framework where they result (or do not result) in a physical task requirement and lead to a varying degree of attention shift from the primary task.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are an important mechanism through which new technology is adopted by firms. We document patterns of labor reallocation and wage changes following M&As, consistent with the adoption of technology. Specifically, we show target establishments invest more in technology, become less routine task intensive, employ a greater share of high technology workers, and pay more unequal wages.

Workplaces are under pressure to be more inclusive due to public demands and rapidly changing demographics in the U.S. workforce. These commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) aren't just moral, they're crucial to business prosperity. In this Kenan Insight, we explore strategies for startups to employ and explain why starting early is key to success.

Our Entrepreneurship Experts

Sekou Bermiss

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Chris Bingham

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Phillip Hettleman Distinguished Scholar and Area Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Jason Doherty

Director of the Startup Consulting Program, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Vickie Gibbs

Executive Director, UNC Entrepreneurship Center

Mahka Moeen

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Frontiers of Entrepreneurship

Exploring emerging issues to advance a new era of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Center

Inspiring, motivating, and developing entrepreneurial leaders who will create a positive impact in the world, locally and globally.