unc’s social ventures: translating ideas into impact
With the seed funding, intense mentorship, and skills-building workshops we provide, we aren’t just trying to teach you to think like a social entrepreneur: We are trying to help you build a sustainable venture to help solve a community problem. Pilot funding over the past four years has helped us build 35 companies – a mix of LLCs and 501c3s – working on issues such as food security, clean water, and clean tech, offering safe late-night transportation on campus via electric vehicles, improving arts and STEM education, providing vocational training for young adults with autism, and much, much more. Not every social venture incubated in CUBE spins off into a sustainable enterprise, but many of them do.
The Kenan Biddle Partnership, funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, was initiated in 2009 to foster collaboration between students at Duke and UNC. In 2018, the Campus Y’s CUBE began overseeing the Partnership, which annually awards $55,000 to projects led by students at both universities. Applicants are invited to propose an innovative initiative that addresses a social or environmental need within the campus communities, Triangle, or beyond. Learn more at kenanbiddlepartnership.com.