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On April 15, 2003 the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Venturing (CETV) and the Carolina Entrepreneurship Club at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School hosted the first ever CETV Start-up Clinic. At the event, six early-stage businesses run by UNC students were presented to a coaching panel that included two successful entrepreneurs, a start-up attorney, a business professor, and a venture capitalist.

Each company was given five minutes to present their company. This was followed by a ten minute feedback session during which the coaches gave advice and probed into the business model of each company. Approximately sixty persons were in the audience which included undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members. Following the event, we held a catered reception that gave students, the coaches, and the audience time to network and connect.

Being the President-Elect of the Carolina Entrepreneurship Club and a research assistant for CETV, I had the pleasure of organizing and running the start-up clinic. In the end, it turned out to be a dynamic and valuable event for both the presenters and the audience. We hope the idea will be copied at other schools and to this end have prepared this guide to assist either faculty members or students at other universities who would like to host a start-up clinic at their own university.

If you have additional questions feel free to contact me at

Warm regards,
Ryan P. Allis, President
Carolina Entrepreneurship Club

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This Young Entrepreneurship article was written by Ryan P Allis on 2/9/2005

Ryan P. Allis, 20, is the author of Zero to One Million, a guide to building a company to $1 million in sales, and the founder of Ryan is also the CEO of Broadwick Corp., a provider of the permission-based email marketing software and CEO of Virante, Inc., a web marketing and search engine optimization firm. Ryan is an economics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a Blanchard Scholar. [learn more.