What is BLUE?
The BLUE Innovation Community is UNC’s unique collaboration space for entrepreneurship, innovation, and creation. It contains a state-of-the-art kitchen, collaboration space, makerspace, and lounge space. BLUE used for everything from independent collaboration to business school classes to community government events.
BLUE Programming is powered by the Entrepreneurship Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School. The Eship Center hosts weekly programming on topics like design thinking, lean startup methodology, and making through interactive activities and games. Students experiment, meet new people, and master concepts of the entrepreneurial mindset through doing! They also have the opportunity to test ideas and get advice on business ideas through weekly office hours. The year culminates in a Shark-Tank style pitch competition where students work on teams to develop prototypes to pitch to a panel of MBA students and expert judges.
“I wanted to be surrounded by other passionate students that are thinking about innovation. I like that I’ve made great friends, the programs are engaging, and the location is perfect. We get to network with interesting interdisciplinary people across campus. The RLP is diverse in interest and majors.”
- Lawton Ives, Statistics and Analytics ‘21
“The members of the RLP are able to dictate which workshops they would like to be put on, and what outside speakers/mentors they would like the RLP to bring in. The BLUE RLP has allowed me to pursue my own interests with a group of people that share a similar passion for exploration and creativity to my own, and I would strongly recommend others with such a passion to apply.”
- Ari Singer-Freeman, BSBA ‘21