The Adams Apprenticeship is a first-of-its-kind program impacting the entrepreneurial careers of UNC students and alumni.


UNC is committed to developing transformative entrepreneurial leaders.  This program matches high-achieving students with successful UNC alumni to shape, support and speed the transition to entrepreneurial careers with successful outcomes.



The Adams Apprenticeship is a life-long network of students and successful UNC alumni committed to developing transformative entrepreneurial careers as founders, funders, and growth executives.

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upcoming events

  • Sept 15: Application Period Closes 
  • Sept 23: Fall Conference & Networking
  • Nov 7: 2nd Round of Applications Due
  • Nov 10-11: New York Networking Trip
  • Monthly Team Meetings
  • Dec 1: Final Leadership Plans & Board of Advisors Due
  • Feb. 17: Adams Annual Gala and Conference 

previous events 2016

  • January 21, 5-8pm @ Launch: Co-curricular #1: Introduction to the Apprenticeship. Advisors & former apprentices join at 7pm for networking.
  • January 25 @ KFBS: 1st E-lab class led by Ted Zoller
  • February 1 @ KFBS: 2nd E-lab class featuring Kel Landis and "Little Book of Do!"
  • February 10, 7:30-9:30pm @ KFBS 2350: Co-curricular #2: Leadership assessment and networking coaching
  • February 25, 6:30-8:30pm: Annual Gala and Award Dinner in Chapel Hill (Advisors & Apprentices)
  • February 26: Adams Conference & Co-curricular #3
  • March 2, 7:30-9:30pm @ KFBS 2350: Co-curricular #4, Finalizing your Leadership Plan
  • Early April (date TBD): San Francisco networking trip
  • May 2: Final E-lab course at Lonerider Brewery with founder Sumit Vohra
  • May 6: Semester finishes, internships begin

Meet the class of 2016

The 26 students in the Class of 2016 consist of undergrads and graduate students from across the University of North Carolina.  After an extensive interview process, they were selected as UNC's high potential entrepreneurs.

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  • 31 high-potential entrepreneurial students
  • 120+ alumni founders, funders, and growth executives
  • Operated by the UNC Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the John and Patricia Adams Foundation
  • Key contacts: Ted Zoller, Dina Mills, Callie Brauel, Kay Spivey, Brett Nicol and David Bond
  • 2015 is the inaugural year of the program
  • Five student & alumni networking events 
  • Six co-curricular sessions including topics such as "Building Your Personal Leadership Plan"
  • Spring Semester Entrepreneur's Lab taught by Ted Zoller
  • By the end of the Apprenticeship, students are expected to have completed a Personal Leadership Plan and built a Board of Advisors