1789 Celebrates Two Years

Dear 1789 Supporters,

Over the past two years, 1789 has been proud to be an integral part of Carolina’s entrepreneurship community. Since we opened our doors in May 2013, we’ve provided space and resources to dozens of startups and hundreds of individual students, including undergrads, grad students and recent graduates from nearly every department and field of study on campus. We’ve hosted classes for the Minor in Entrepreneurship, the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship. We’ve also hosted numerous campus and community leaders, including Chancellor Carol Folt, Provost Jim Dean, Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, and numerous Chapel Hill Town Council members and Orange County Commissioners. We’ve partnered with the CUBE, Launch Chapel Hill and the Chancellor’s Office to bring quality resources and events to campus.

To accomplish all of this, we've relied heavily on the generosity and hard work of many people in the Carolina community and beyond. There are literally too many people to thank to include, but we would be remiss if we did not show our gratitude to our wonderful mentors who volunteer their time. These include Carl Baumann, Laure Levesque, Bryan Hassin, Larry Ross, JoAnn Sciarrino, Tim Flood, Jan Davis, Chris Mumford and Fred Schmid. We also have tremendous resource partners such as Merrill Mason and his team of attorneys at Smith-Anderson, the attorneys at Hutchison Law, the accountants at Blackman and Sloop, and the public relations professionals at Largemouth Communications.

We’ve received tremendous support from our on campus partners, including Ted Zoller and his team at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Judith Cone and her team at the Chancellor’s Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Richard Harrill and Mathilde Verdier of the Campus Y, Charles Merritt and Buck Goldstein from the Minor in Entrepreneurship, Dina Mills and Launch Chapel Hill, and Chuck Lovelace and his team at the Morehead-Cain Foundation. Once again, there are too many individuals to list everyone by name, but please know your hard work and support have not gone unnoticed.

As you may have noticed, 1789 has been more active on social media over the last couple of months. We’ve hired a fantastic intern named Rachel Schmitt who is helping us increase our presence online. She’s also in charge of our new blog. We’ll be scouring the Internet for the latest news and commentary on entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as creating relevant original content. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and check out the blog from time to time.

We are also pleased to announce that three current 1789 ventures have been accepted into the accelerator program Launch Chapel Hill for the July ’15 cohort. This makes 9 ventures in total that 1789 has sent to Launch and we are proud that we have played a role in helping these companies reach this important milestone in their development. We look forward to sustaining this campus-to-1789-to-Launch pipeline and believe that the town, county and university will continue to benefit from it.

Finally, we look forward to welcoming back students for the fall 2015 semester. We will be kicking things off with a Week of Welcome Party on August 20 to introduce new students to 1789 and the entire entrepreneurship and innovation community at Carolina. If you know first-year or transfer students who may be interested, feel free to share this event with them.

Thank you again for your continued support of 1789 Venture Lab. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate two years in existence and look forward to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship among Carolina students for many years to come.


Jim Kitchen, Founder,

Aaron Scarboro, Director

Rachel Schmitt, Media Intern