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The Carolina E(I) Lab is a program intended to instill valuable ideas and knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation among graduate students, professional students and postdocs, with the belief that the skill sets acquired during the program will not only directly benefit their training and productivity while at UNC but also throughout their subsequent careers. Although entrepreneurship is often viewed as independent from (or worse, incompatible with) scientific/research training, there are many important skill sets and lessons from entrepreneurship that can directly synergize with participantsā€™ current research undertakings and maximize the translational potential of their research. We believe this program provides unique and complementary training to the current didactic education and laboratory training most graduate students, professional students and postdocs would receive.

The success of this program hinges heavily on the understanding from and/or participation of the faculty body. For faculty who find that the E(I) Lab model resonates with their beliefs and wish to join us and help the teams succeed, please contact us ( and let us know of your interest.

Please see theĀ FAQ, including a section specifically for Faculty Advisors of Prospective Participants, for more information.