Of the more than 800 startups created at universities across the country this year, only 35 have been handpicked as the best and earned an opportunity to showcase their work to members of the U.S. Congress.
Two of those top startups have their roots at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“It’s a great sign,” said Tim Martin, assistant director of KickStart Ventures Services, a Carolina-based program that helps faculty turn their ideas into businesses. “It’s something that we’ve been working towards. For two of the 35 in the whole country to be from UNC-Chapel Hill is pretty special.”
Carolina’s Renovion and EpiCypher are among startups from more than two dozen universities and research institutes presenting to venture capitalists and members of Congress at the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s University Startups Demo Day.
Held in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 20, the event showcases the roles of universities in the formation of groundbreaking startups. It also provides a chance for companies to exhibit their work.
“For us, it’s an opportunity to tell our story on a broader scale, but also talk about how great innovations can be built out of a university and really get that foundation that they need to thrive in the marketplace,” said Dan Copeland, the CEO of Renovion.