RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – A “launching pad” to link universities and businesses is coming to The Frontier in RTP.

In a partnership announced Tuesday, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Entrepreneurship Center will open an office at The Frontier startup-focused campus that is operated by the Research Triangle Foundation. The RTF oversees the Park.

The office will serve as a place where UNC faculty and students can work with RTP companies.

“This will be a launching pad for strengthening collaboration between universities and businesses,” said Scott Levitan, CEO of the RTF.

Added Doug Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School: “With this partnership, the Entrepreneurship Center will serve as a direct connection point to companies in RTP for our student talent and our expertise and thought leadership. This close connection with leaders in industry will be a key leverage point for both our school and those companies.”

The partners will kick off the relationship with a virtual event on Jan. 26.

Titled “The UNC Difference: Coming to RTP,” the event will include the formal office announcement and highlights of a forthcoming Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise on the latest trends in entrepreneurship.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Reaching immunity – a quick (and optimistic) update on returning to the workplace
  • The future of work and changing demographics of the workforce
  • Reputational equity of firms
  • How innovation is shifting based on recent events
  • Team dynamics in the current environment

Event registration is available at this link.