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

Now accepting applications from Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Challenge Grant is Open

We are pleased to announce that the John and Patricia Adams Family Foundation has offered a matching challenge grant of up to $30,000 per year to fund entrepreneurial treks to New York and San Francisco. 

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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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Fall ScHeDULE 2017

  • Summer: Student internships and pod meetings
  • Aug 22: Applications live on website for 2018 Apprentices!
  • Aug 29: Fall Kickoff Challenge Course and BBQ
  • Sept 14: 2018 Apprentice Info Session at Launch Chapel Hill (306 W. Franklin, Suite F) from 5-7 pm
  • Sept 6: Co-Curricular 1 "Prepping for NYC Trek " and breakout with coaches 
  • Sept 21 and 22: NYC Entrepreneurship Trek
  • Oct 15: Applications due for 2018 Apprentices! 
  • Nov 1: Co-Curricular 2 "Prepping for the Fall Conference" and breakout with coaches 
  • Nov 17: Fall Conference and Dinner 

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 2017 Apprentices 

The 30 students in the Class of 2017 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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