Innovation at Carolina

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  • University Day

    University Day
    Chancellor Holden Thorp announces during his University Day address the start of a new initative, Innovate@Carolina. Image via www.unc.edu.
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    Innovate at Carolina: the unfolding of big ideas

    This timeline helps to lay out the turn of events for UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp's initiative to create a stronger environment for innovation at Carolina. The timeline is meant to be shown to donors to give the history of the project and the progress that has been made since its birth.
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    Report on current state of innovation is prepared

    Report on current state of innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC is prepared for the Innovation Circle's January 15 meeting.
  • Innovation Circle team is announced

    Innovation Circle team is announced
    The Chancellor announces the members of the Innovation Circle, a group of people selected to help organize and execute the ideas formulated for Innovate@Carolina. Lowry Caudill, pictured, is selected to be the Chair of the board. Caudill is co-founder of Magellan Laboratories Inc. and an adjunct faculty member. Along with the Innovation Circle, he also works with a Faculty Innovation Working Group and Student Innovation Team. Image via giving.unc.edu.
    Image via giving.unc.edu.
  • First meeting of the Chancellor's Innovation Circle

    First meeting of the Chancellor's Innovation Circle
    Innovation Circle team members get together for the inagural meeting to discuss ways to increase the University's capacity for innovation, as well as ways to capture the innovation that is already happening at the University. Students, faculty and staff are all present. They begin to come up with ways to talk to the community and University about innovation. Image via Road Map on innovate.unc.edu.
    Image via Innovate@Carolina Roadmap
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    Innovation Circle meetings, follow-up, site visits, brainstorming.

    Team uses this time to research other schools, meet with people across campus, have small group discussion, and formulate ideas to be compiled. This time is also used to create literature about Innovate@Carolina to share with interested parties.
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    Site visits to MIT, Utah, Florida, Stanford, New York City

    Innovation Circle members, along with the Chancellor, visit various schools and locations across the United States to learn more about what other universities are doing to improve their capacity for innovation, as well as how they are taking their ideas out of the univesity and implementing them.
  • Final meeting of the Innovation Circle

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    Draft of Road Map is put together

    Draft of Innovation Road Map is compiled and edited by groups across campus.
  • Innovation Circle presents to Board of Trustees

    Innovation Circle presents to Board of Trustees
    The Chancellor's Innovation Circle chair, Lowry Caudill, presents the research and proposed budget from the Innovation Circle to the Board of Trustees at Carolina. Dr. Caudill announces that $11million of the proposed $125 million budget has been raised so far. All funds will go directly toward innovation-related programs, research, and faculty positions. Image via uncnews.unc.edu.
  • University Day, Innovation Road Map released

    University Day, Innovation Road Map released
    All research and budget needs are organized and presented in an Innovation Road Map which is released to the University public on University Day. The Road Map breaks Innovate@Carolina into five parts: catalyze, prepare, collaborate, translate and align. These steps will in turn strengthen and intentional culture of innovation at Carolina. Image via Road Map on innovate.unc.edu.
  • Mellon awards University $500,000

    Mellon awards University $500,000
    University announces a $500,000 grant received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue the studies of the Long Civil Rights Movement. This collaborative, entrepreneurial online publishing experiment started with an original grant from Mellon in 2008. University continues its fundraising efforts for innovative projects such as LCRM. Image via University Libraries.
  • $1.5 million social innovation fund grant goes to National College Advising Corps

    $1.5 million social innovation fund grant goes to National College Advising Corps
    Social innovation grant is announced. Grant will go toward funding 50 recent grads who will be placed into preexisiting programs in high schools across North Carolina and the United States to advise high school students about getting into college. Image via unc.edu.
  • Chancellor Thorp and Buck Goldstein are featured in NPR's The State of Things

    Chancellor Thorp and Buck Goldstein are featured in NPR's The State of Things
    Chancellor Holden Thorp and campus Entrepreneur in Residence Buck Goldstein are featured on NPR's The State of Things. They discuss their new book, Engines of Innovation as well as the role of entrepreneurship in American universities. Image via innovate.unc.edu.
  • Gates Foundation gives $10 million to Liquidia, University spin-off

    Gates Foundation gives $10 million to Liquidia, University spin-off
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives $10 million to Liquidia Technologies, a spin-off company founded on the basis of innovative research done by University professor, Joseph DeSimone. “Funding innovation is a key to addressing the unmet health needs of the world’s poorest people,” said Doug Holtzman, deputy director for the foundation’s infectious diseases team. Image via gatesfoundation.org, quote via uncnews.unc.edu.
  • Innovate@Carolina Speaker Series brings two greats

    Innovate@Carolina Speaker Series brings two greats
    The Innovate@Carolina speaker series kicks off with a panel discussion featuring Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, and Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, chairman of Sparta Group LLC, in which they discuss "Changing the World through Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.” Image via innovate.unc.edu.
  • National leaders in innovation hold NACIE forum at Carolina

    National leaders in innovation hold NACIE forum at Carolina
    NACIE website</a>Leading innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs who make up President Obama's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) hold the group's first public forum at Carolina. Innovators across campus and in the Triangle are invited to attend, getting great coverage for Innovate@Carolina and its initiatives. Image via NACIE website: vhttp://www.eda.gov/NACIE.