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Ask An Innovator

UNC Ask An Innovator

Are you a Tar Heel who has a question about your idea or venture?


We have a community of experts, entrepreneurs, and operators with answers.

You ask. They answer.

Tar Heels love helping students and fellow alumni. So what’s one question you have for someone who’s done what’s ahead of you?

`”Connecting students with mentors who have the right levels of expertise is really helpful. I think that’s what made this experience so much more beneficial. The platform itself is super efficient. But for me, as a student, I think the quality of people and consistent communication was the biggest appeal and the reason why I will continue to use the system again and recommend it to other student-entrepreneurs. I’m going to make sure they know about Ask an Innovator.”

Caitlyn Kumi

Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of Miss EmpowHer

“The opportunity to receive mentoring is the reason I came to UNC. I thought Ask an Innovator was super easy. You just fill out the online form and then get an answer by having someone reach out to me within 36 hours. In my case, I was able to easily schedule a meeting with my mentor. She helped me understand the pros and cons of each option and, more importantly, think through how I approach each one as well as the next steps and tools I need to follow through..”

Leah Gallant

PhD. student of philosophy in psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill

“I was looking for entrepreneurs to talk with and get feedback on how they run their businesses. Ask an Innovator was user friendly and it didn’t take too long to submit my request nor receive feedback. From my experience, one of the few good things that has come out of the pandemic is being able to connect with more people through virtual meetings, having one-on-ones with different people and learning from their experiences.”

Tyrell Carter

Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and founder of ANTE

How does it work?

01
You ask for advice.

Need help with an idea or active startup? Wondering about career options?

02
We recruit.

Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best, available experts to answer you.

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Get answers.

We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.

04
Say ‘Thank you.’

Build your network by thanking the alum and connecting with her further (such as via LinkedIn).

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It has never been simpler to get help from others that have done what’s ahead of you. Seriously.

Ask an Innovator is a partnership of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill innovation organizations