The CUBE at the Campus Y
The CUBE is the hub for social innovation at UNC-Chapel Hill and is part of Innovate@Carolina; a campus-wide initiative to position UNC-Chapel Hill as a world leader in commercial, social, scientific, and artistic innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that reflect the university’s commitment to public service.
In 2012, the Campus Y launched the CUBE to support young entrepreneurs, faculty and alumni focused on social change.
The Campus Y is the Center for Social Justice at UNC-Chapel Hill and is the university's oldest and largest student service organization. The CUBE social innovation incubator extends the Campus Y’s model of activist, entrepreneurial responses to social, environmental, and economic injustice while simultaneously tapping into the Y’s existing interdisciplinary network of support services and expertise across UNC-Chapel Hill, the professional schools and Student Affairs.
In January 2012 a selection team of social innovation and entrepreneurship experts from UNC and the broader community evaluated 17 teams competing for seed capital, dedicated workspace and equipment, capacity-building workshops, and expert mentoring services. Two for-profit and two non-profit teams were chosen as the CUBE’s first full-time residents.
In January 2013 Alan Fenwick joined the CUBE as mentor-in-residence, providing one-on-one venture coaching and bringing more than four decades of business expertise to the CUBE's resident startup teams. In 2013, the CUBE also invited five "guest" teams of UNC-Chapel Hill social entrepreneurs to access various capacity-building features of the CUBE.
UNC-CH and the Campus Y are proud to focus their efforts on growing and accelerating innovations that have the potential to address our greatest social challenges, both locally and internationally. In this spirit, the Campus Y celebrates ideas with the potential to create social value through sustainable, systemic change.