Student entrepreneurs coming out of UNC haven’t traditionally lacked in passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and work ethic, but any undergraduate or even graduate student aspiring to be a company founder will likely lack in the entrepreneurial experience necessary to execute.

A new program at UNC is looking to fill this experience gap by matching UNC’s top entrepreneurial talent with experienced advisors, but not in the typical mentor-mentee way.

Named for UNC benefactor, entrepreneur and pharmaceutical pioneer John Adams, the Adams Apprenticeship takes the top 20-30 student-entrepreneurs at UNC every year and matches them with a personal board of advisors—three to five mentors with whom they will develop relationships and seek guidance from for years to come. 

Ted Zoller, UNC’s director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, calls the program a “game-changer.”  

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