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Since 1999, StartUp-UNC has helped UNC students, faculty and stafff turn their ideas into more than 60 new businesses and nonprofits. Below is a sampling of some of the ventures launched:

Startups Launched


Windsor Circle

Windsor Circle

Matt Williamson (MBA '05) and Brad McGinity (MBA '11) started Windsor Circle in late 2010. Windsor Circle offers eCommerce Intelligence Software that increases revenue by freeing data locked in the eCommerce ecosystem. You can think of them as the of eCommerce Marketing.

Matt Williamson Brad McGinity



Argyle Social

Argyle Social

Eric Boggs (MBA '09) incubated the idea that eventually became Argyle Social through the StartUp-UNC program during his second year in business school. Tristan Handy (MBA '11) joined the company after he graduated in 2011. Argyle is a venture-backed software company that helps SMBs drive results through social media marketing.
Eric Boggs
Tristan Handy



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While undergraduate students at UNC, Callie Brauel and Diane Lee launched a nonprofit venture to improve lives of African street children while cleaning up the environment. Read the story

Callie Brauel Diana Lee Winner



Jeff Terrell enrolled in StartUp-UNC as he was finishing his PhD at UNC in computer science. Altometrics is based on his doctoral dissertation in which Jeff invented a new way of managing server performance in a large network.




Amit Singh developed plans for his global IT outsourcing business in UNC's Soft Launch program, a version of StartUp-UNC offered to UNC Kenan-Flagler Executive MBA students. Read the story

Amit Singh



Accept U (Formerly Equal App)

Marc Zawel (MBA '10) launched EqualApp directly upon graduation. EqualApp is an award-winning online admissions counseling program proven to get students admitted to the colleges of their choice.

Marc ZawelAcceptU



Dr. Thomas Fischer knew he'd inherited a revolutionary medical technology when he went to work at UNC's Francis Owen Blood Research Laboratory. StartUp-UNC helped him move it to market. Read the story

Thomas Fischer



Firsthand Foods

Tina PrevatteTina Prevatte (MBA '09) co-founded Farmhand Foods in 2010 as an outgrowth of work she did with NC Choices, which she took through StartUp-UNC in 2008-09. Farmhand Foods is awholesaler & retailer of pasture-raised local meats.



Ron Clabo found StartUp-UNC particularly helpful for doing market validation. "The research from the StartUp-UNC course gave me confidence to push forward.” GiftOasis specializes in gifts made in North Carolina.

Ron ClaboGift Oasis


Lonerider Brewing Company

Sumit Vohra (MBA '07) took the plunge and purchased brewing equipment before the official launch of his own Craft Beer company in 2009. Read the story