Located in the Campus Y, UNC’s Center for Social Justice and Social Innovation, CUBE provides social entrepreneurs at Carolina with a number of interconnected benefits: capacity building outside the classroom; elite coaching and mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs; co-working space; and seed funding for venture development. All of this is managed from a central location at the heart of campus.
Every two years, CUBE welcomes competitors to the pan-university Social Innovation Challenge, in which UNC students, faculty, and staff compete to receive a 2-year residency in CUBE. Becoming a CUBE venture means free 24-7 coworking space, $5,000 seed funding, and access to all kinds of mentorship and capacity-building workshops. Applications for the 2016 UNC Social Innovation Challenge for acceptance into CUBE will be accepted in Fall 2015.
CUBE social ventures can access seed funding, mentoring, pro-bono support services, individualized assistance to benchmark their progress, and expert feedback from nationally-renowned social entrepreneurs.
CUBE also offers a social innovation workshop series, which is made accessible not only to CUBE ventures but to anyone at UNC or even from across the Triangle. These workshops are offered on late afternoons and are designed to help you with a wide spectrum of issues and questions you’re bound to wrestle with at one point or another while growing your new social venture. CUBE workshops cover everything from legal incorporation and liability issues, human-centered design thinking, and organizational messaging, to leadership, crowdfunding and fundraising, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance. Workshops are tailored to both current and aspiring social entrepreneurs.
Community of Social Innovators
CUBE is a place where you can meet and interact with other social innovators from across many disciplines, and where you can learn from your peers, faculty, staff, alumni, coaches, mentors, and entrepreneurs-in-residence.