A crowd of 400 packed into the Kenan Stadium Blue Zone on the University of North Carolina campus April 9 to hear from leading researchers and rising entrepreneurs at the 2015 Innovation Showcase.

The 16 presenters included faculty studying neuron molecules in an effort to prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as undergraduate students pitching their online donation platform.

The Innovation Showcase, which is in its fifth year, is an opportunity for emerging startups to share their work with the community and network with potential investors and advisors, said Judith Cone (pictured above), who has led UNC’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives since 2009.

“We have so many faculty and students who are working hard to ensure their amazing discoveries and ideas eventually make a difference in the lives of others,” said Cone. “The showcase is one example of what we are doing to help them with that journey from idea to impact.”

Read the rest of the story, including an overview of the startups, here.