Why Support The Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship?

Established in 2005 as part of a grant awarded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to further the study of entrepreneurship, the College of Arts and Sciences’ minor in entrepreneurship provides enterprising students with the skills and knowledge base they need to engage in successful venture creation. The program is housed in the department of economics and enables students in the liberal arts and sciences to complement their major course of study. 

Private funding is essential for the College to sustain this endeavor. Now that the Kauffman grant is fully expended, the undergraduate minor must be able to stand on its own to continue providing students and faculty with crucial opportunities for learning and experiencing entrepreneurship.  Specific needs include:

Faculty support

Professorships are needed to help the program recruit and retain outstanding teacher/scholars in entrepreneurship. Faculty research and travel in entrepreneurship gives students insights that can be gained only from faculty engaged in meaningful research that has “real world” impact.  Such research makes its way into the classroom in lectures, case studies and discussions and is an integral part of undergraduate education at UNC.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

The program hosts entrepreneurs-in-residence in each of its nine tracks. These individuals have a profound impact on the curriculum as they team teach with professors to provide a unique and innovative approach to learning. 

Additional courses and instructors

The scope and number of courses offered can be expanded by enabling existing College faculty, through funded departmental release from the normal teaching load, to offer courses in entrepreneurship, and by providing faculty with the support necessary to develop new courses that will continue to challenge and inspire students who take classes in entrepreneurship.

Summer internships

Paid student internships (both domestic and abroad) allow students to pursue opportunities to work directly with entrepreneurs, broadening and sharpening their entrepreneurial skills.  In turn, they bring what they have gained back to campus, benefiting classmates through enriched class discussion.

Speaker Series

Interaction with practitioners who have launched successful (as well as unsuccessful) ventures is invaluable to students enrolled in the program.

Director’s Fund

Providing annual discretionary “venture” funding for the Director of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship enables the director to respond quickly and creatively to emerging opportunities as they arise.

Make a Gift

Help the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship by making a gift to support faculty and students.  We are deeply grateful to our friends and donors for their generosity. Private gifts provide a critical margin of excellence for our students and faculty.

Online giving to the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship is easy and secure. Simply follow the link below to make your gift. The form will auto fill with the designation for the minor. Thank you for interest and support.

Make an Online Gift

For more information about creating scholarships, fellowships and professorships in the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship through a gift or pledge, or via planned gift, please contact Ishna Hall, Assistant Director of Capital Gifts, Arts and Sciences Foundation, or 919-843-4885.

To make a gift via check, please note on the memo line "Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship,” and mail to:

Ms. Ishna Hall
The Arts and Sciences Foundation
134 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514