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

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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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Spring 2019 ScHeDULE

  • Jan 16: Entrepreneurs Lab 1 “Little Book of Do” from 5-8 pm

  • Jan 19 and 20: Adams Orientation

  • Jan 23: Entrepreneurs Lab 2 “Serendipity” from 5-8 pm

  • Feb 6: Entrepreneurs Lab 3 “Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do” from 5-8 pm

  • Feb 13: Entrepreneurs Lab 4 “Talking to Humans: Success Starts with Understanding Your Customers” from 5-8 pm

  • Feb 20: Entrepreneurs Lab 5 “Disciplined Entrepreneurship” from 5-8 pm

  • Feb 25: Adams Local Trek 1 at Launch from 6-8 pm

  • Feb 27: Entrepreneurs Lab 6 “From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places” from 5-8 pm

  • Mar 6: Entrepreneurs Lab 7 “Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business” from 5-8 pm

  • Mar 8: Adams Gala and Forum from 8:30 am-9pm

  • Mar 28 and 29: San Francisco Entrepreneurship Trek

  • Apr 3: Entrepreneurs Lab 8 “Born to Build”; “The Curiosity Muscle”; “All in Startup” from 5-8 pm

  • Apr 10: Entrepreneurs Lab 9 “The Middle-Class Millionaire: The Rise of the New Rich and How They are Changing America” from 5-8 pm

  • Apr 17: Entrepreneurs Lab 10 “Social Value Investing: A Management Framework for Effective Partnerships” from 5-8 pm

  • Apr 24: Entrepreneurs Lab 11 “Entering StartUpLand: An Essential Guide to Finding the Right Job” from 5-8 pm

Fall 2018 ScHeDULE 

  • Summer: Student internships and independent advisor meetings

  • Aug 2 or 9: Coaches retreat and 2018/2019 planning

  • Aug 21: Application live for the 2019 cohort

  • Aug 26: Back to school BBQ and co-curricular 5 “Summer recap/prep for NYC” from 4-8 pm at Launch

  • Sep 6 and 7: NYC Entrepreneurship Trek

  • Sep 12: Class of 2019 Information Session

  • Oct 1: Application closes for 2019 cohort

  • Oct 2: Co-curricular 6 “Take intelligent risks and network intelligence” and dinner at Launch from 5-8 pm

  • Oct 29: Co-curricular 7: “Talent identification” and dinner at Launch from 5-8 pm

  • Nov 2: Interviews for Class of 2019 Applicants, Adams Fall Conference and Dinner from 8:30 am-5:30 pm at the Hampton Inn

  • Dec 1: Decisions sent out for Class of 2019 Applicants


Meet the 2019 Apprentices 

The 32 students in the Class of 2019 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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— The Adams Team