1789: A Venture Lab For Carolina Entrepreneurs

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Build Your Business Here!

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Mentoring And Support From Experienced Professionals

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1789: Incubation Space ForCarolina Entrepreneurs

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1789 is a venture lab for UNC students and recent graduates located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. 1789’s mission is to create impact on the entrepreneurial community by providing incubation space, mentoring and educational programming for young people working on start-ups.

Free Office Space

1789 offers a large working space, a 20 seat venture bar, conference rooms, wireless internet, free hosting and even a Ping-Pong table in what might be the coolest office space on Franklin Street. Overlooking the post office and on the edge of campus, 1789 is a dream location for entrepreneurs in need of office and meeting space.

It's hard to establish a business in a dorm room, library cubicle or campus meeting room. At 1789, you'll have little trouble recruiting interns to an easily accessible location just steps away from campus, coffee shops and other popular establishments.


In addition to free office space, 1789 offers a wide range of services free of charge to our ventures. These include access to mentors who are experienced and successful entrepreneurs, as well as legal, accounting and public relations counseling from licensed professionals.

Joe Start Up

Joe Start Up is a unique online platform that allows anyone to take an idea and turn it into a business plan in 23 comprehensive modules. Joe Start Up’s founder, Chris Mumford, is a Chapel Hill native and serial entrepreneur who has started successful businesses in the United States and Asia.

As a condition of acceptance into 1789, all ventures are required to complete Joe Start Up within four months.