The Kenan-Flagler Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) works in close coordination with the MBA Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVC Club) to offer fellowship programs for MBA students who are interested in pursuing a dynamic and iterative career as a Founder, Funder, and/or innovative Growth Executive. Students interested in interning at startups, growth-centric companies, and venture capital firms should consider reaching out to the EVC Club leadership and CES to inquire on the application process in the fall of their 1st MBA year as well as connect with current 2nd year MBA fellowship recipients to learn more about the opportunities. This past year’s fellowship recipients were Jerome Trehy, Bo Rhyne, and Jeremy Ford.
Carolina Venture Fellows (CVF)
The Center works closely with the MBA EVC Club to coordinate this fellowship program to connect entrepreneurial students interested in venture capital/alternative investments with venture capital firms. Students can seek guidance in sourcing and approaching VC firms to work with over the summer or find ones independently. Encouraging career pursuits in alternative, high-growth investment firms, the EVC Club offers fellowships to first-year students who are interested in working with a VC firm over the summer in lieu of a traditional MBA internship. The CVF fellowship is offered to supplement internship compensation at high-growth venture firms where funding is often limited. Selection involves an application and interview process.
Carolina Entrepreneurial Fellows (CEF)
The Center works closely with the MBA EVC Club to coordinate this fellowship program to connect entrepreneurial students with startups or growth-centric companies. Students can seek guidance in sourcing and approaching startups to work with over the summer or find ones independently. Encouraging entrepreneurship, the EVC Club offers fellowships to first-year students who are interested in working with a startup over the summer in lieu of a traditional MBA internship. The CEF fellowship is offered to supplement internship compensation at startup or growth-centric companies were early-stage and/or venture-backed funding is often limited. Selection involves an application and interview process.
The Adams Apprenticeship is a one-of-a-kind program that connects top student entrepreneurs with a broad network of experienced alumni and startup community leaders across the nation, for mentorship, training, and connections that can open the doors to take student companies to the next level. With exclusive annual gala, training, and networking events, and two annual treks to New York and Silicon Valley, this program creates opportunities and relationships that will last a lifetime. As Adams Apprentices graduate from the program and go on to jobs or ventures, they become Advisors themselves, so that the network of talent and knowledge continues to grow.
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise develops and promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. With the belief that private enterprise is the cornerstone of a prosperous and free society, the institute fosters the entrepreneurial spirit to stimulate economic prosperity and improve the lives of people in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.
Established in 1985 by Frank Hawkins Kenan, the institute offers a number of programs, conferences and seminars which bring together high-profile business leaders, academic researchers and policymakers.
The institute is supported through generous annual funding by the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund, public and private sector grants, corporate sponsorship, individual donations and event fees.