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Launching entrepreneurs


A partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill, Launch has been serving the local community by providing area startups with the support and resources they need. Initial funding for the program was donated by the Becker Family in memory of their daughter Cara Gwen Becker.

In its first five years, the accelerator program has been home to 75 startup companies. In 2017 alone, Launch startups accounted for more than 1,100 employees and $20.6 million in revenue.

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Helping startups succeed

  • So Good Pupusas

    As a senior at Carolina, Cecilia Polanco founded So Good Pupusas, a Salvadoran food truck and catering business. A year later, she joined Launch to grow her business.

  • MoyoMedical

    As a member of Launch's most recent cohort of startups, MoyoMedical is working to bring preeclampsia early-detection tests to women in developing countries.

  • Ronda Taylor Bullock teaches a class of students.

    We Are

    Ronda Taylor Bullock created an organization called "We Are" that is addressing systemic and ideological racism with the hope of providing anti-racist education. We Are was a member of Launch's seventh cohort.