Applications due September 15, 2016

We will be accepting applications beginning on August 15, 2016 for the Adams Class of 2017.  The deadline is September 15.  The program is available for first-year graduate students and undergraduate juniors.

The Adams Apprenticeship is a game-changing program designed for all-in entrepreneurs. We're seeking those few exceptional, high-achieving student leaders who have a passion and drive for innovating and disrupting -- for creating opportunities and demonstrating results in business and society.

Unique to Kenan-Flagler and UNC, this year-long opportunity is designed to harness your entrepreneurial aspirations and launch them into hyperdrive. We fully expect this highly selective learning experience to accelerate careers and impact the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

If you are fully vested in making the transition to an entrepreneurial career within five years of graduation -- as a founder, a funder or a growth executive at an entrepreneurial venture -- we invite you to submit your credentials to the Adams Apprenticeship, a prestigious and highly-selective network of "all in" entrepreneurs.

Who Should Apply. The program will accept 10 first-year MBAs & graduate students, and 10 undergraduates during their junior year. We are looking for exceptional students who are committed to pursuing an entrepreneurial career as a founder, funder or growth executive and who are committed to building personal connections to further their ambitions and accelerate their career goals.

The application deadline for the Adams Class of 2017 is on September 15, 2016.  Interviews will be conducted in on Friday afternoon, September 23rd, with final decisions in early October.  Please contact us below with questions or comments. 

Program Benefits

  • Exclusive access to private networking events with Adams Advisors in Chapel Hill, San Francisco and New York
  • Invitation to inaugural Adams Entrepreneurial Pioneer awards dinner in Chapel Hill
  • Enrollment in Entrepreneur's Lab course
  • One-on-one meetings with an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to develop a personal Entrepreneurial Leadership Development Plan
  • Monthly conversations with founders, funders and high-growth executives
  • Opportunity to build a personal board of advisors that will help you imagine and achieve your entrepreneurial career aspirations

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Program Highlights

Build an Individualized Board of Advisors.  Adams Apprentices are offered exclusive access to Adams Advisors - a select group of Carolina alumni and friends uniquely positioned to open doors and facilitate entrepreneurial success in multiple career pathways.  Spanning industries, functional knowledge and career stages, Adams Advisors have successfully founded, funded and led entrepreneurial enterprises and have agreed to guide the Adams Apprentices as they work to achieve their professional aspirations.

All Adams Apprentices will be expected to develop a personal board of a minimum of three to five advisors from the community of Adams Advisors by May 2015. They will then meet with their Advisors monthly to build and execute their Entrepreneurial Transition Strategy through the end of the year-long program.

Learn from Success. Adams Apprentices will enroll in Dr. Ted Zoller's Entrepreneurs Lab class in the spring where apprentices will be exposed to leading founders, funders and growth executives, and international thought-leaders in entrepreneurship.

Craft a Transition Strategy. Adams Apprentices will work in close consultation with the program's Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brett Nicol, and Leadership Consultant, David Bond, to create a Leadership Development Plan that formulates an Entrepreneurial Transition Strategy and the competencies, experiences and skills that the apprentice will require to make the transition.

Lead By Example. Our expectation is that the Advisor/Apprentice relationships will last far beyond the program year. We also fully expect that those who experience the program will want to continue to contribute. From our perspective, a successful apprenticeship year concludes with an offer to coach the next class of Apprentices. And as we ultimately anticipate success for all our Apprentices, we believe that in time, you will return the opportunity to a future Apprentice as an Advisor.

Attend Exclusive Networking Events. The Adams Apprenticeship comes with the opportunity to attend invite-only exclusive networking events and opportunities, providing you with privileged access to national entrepreneurial leaders. The Adams Entrepreneurial Pioneer Awards Dinner will occur in January in Chapel Hill, and all apprentices and advisors are invited. The dinner will feature a headline speaker and kick off the program year. Additional targeted meetups will occur in the Bay Area, New York and in the future the Boston region.

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