Martin H. Brinkley, dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor at UNC School of Law, announces a $1.53 million gift for a new entrepreneurship program during the June Board of Trustees meeting.(Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The program will provide rigorous, hands-on training for the next generation of public-spirited lawyers while also filling gaps in North Carolina’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? It takes drive, ambition, patience and persistence to identify a need and create a business to fill that need.

It also takes access to legal resources.

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust recognizes that early-stage legal counsel is critical to the success of new for-profit and nonprofit ventures. To ensure that these ventures have access to legal counsel, the Kenan Trust has made a $1.53 million gift to support the establishment of a clinical entrepreneurship program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law. The program will provide rigorous, hands-on training for the next generation of public-spirited lawyers while also filling gaps in North Carolina’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. In addition to the Kenan Trust, the North Carolina General Assembly has appropriated $465,000 in recurring funds to support the program.

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Originally published June 18, 2018. Photo by Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

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