DESIGN 2020 Presents LaUNCH Chapel Hill

Launch Chapel HillThe Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions continue for the community with a presentation on “LaUNCH Chapel Hill” at noon Wednesday, March 20, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill , a laboratory for entrepreneurs or “venture lab,” opened in January at 321 W. Rosemary St. The collaborative venture was made possible by the efforts of the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC- Chapel Hill, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. Program management for LaUNCH is provided by UNC-Chapel Hill through the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

Wednesday’s presentation will be made by Bobby Funk, asssistant director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, with partners of the venture lab. 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill provides three key benefits: 1. Street smart training events and networking opportunities; 2. Subsidized rent and services for those in need; 3. Mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs as well as industry contacts and fundraising assistance 

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see  DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 recognizes that the adoption of the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Now that the community’s ideas have been articulated through the comprehensive plan, these ideas may be used toward designing our community. Look for more DESIGN special events coming soon.

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at For more information about the special topic series, contact Catherine Lazorko at or 919-969-5055.

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