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Hello, there! My name is Jane and I'm a first year at UNC that is majoring in physics and planning to pursue an Eship minor. I'm currently working on developing a physical product. I would love advice from Innovators or help identifying resources or programs UNC offers that could help with this venture, particularly the manufacturing aspects. Thank you so much!

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Hi! My name is Willow and I'm a rising sophomore at UNC studying computer science. I came up with an idea for an app that would help college athletes in all sports, at all levels, profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). I have written a rough, but detailed business plan with my idea, but I am not sure where my next step should be. I'm hoping to get some advice from entrepreneurs who were once in my shoes! Thanks in advance.

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Hi, I am Gloria, a senior majoring in marketing. I work part time at a firm that helps clients drive positive health behavior change. We are starting a new contract with an org that will probably require us to subcontract with other people/orgs. What needs to be in place in order to do that effectively and safely? And what insurance is recommended? Thank you for your assistance!

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Hello Innovators - I'm Bill, a senior majoring in accounting. With the shortened schedule, online classes and difficult job market, I am totally stressed out. I fear that after all of my hard work, I'm still not going to be able to find a job. I would love to get some advice about what I can do to best position myself to get a good job in my field. I would particularly like to hear from alumni that graduated during down economic times. I really appreciate your guidance (and support). Go Heels!

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  • What can I ask?

    Literally anything to help with starting or growing a venture, your academic life (projects, research, etc.) or professional development (internships / jobs, career choice, etc.). There are hundreds of experts with very diverse experiences and backgrounds available to help.

  • How long will it take to get an answer?

    Our goal is to get your answers within 3 business days. But it depends on what you're asking and how many experts have that expertise. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days.

  • How many responses will I get?

    The number of answers depends on how many innovators have relevant experience and are available to provide insights. It may be one, three, five or more.

  • How many questions can I ask?

    As many as you want to. We'll likely match you up with different Tarheels every time and you'll make awesome connections.

  • Can I select innovators to answer my question?

    No. We match our experts based on availability, proximity, and competency (among many other factors) and take into account how often an individual has helped in the past.

  • Can I ask follow-up questions?

    We strongly encourage you to reply and ask for additional help or insights from the individual who replied.

  • What if I don't get an answer?

    While we work hard to get you a reply, in rare cases we may not be able to get you an answer.

  • What do Innovators expect of me?

    You may get responses from more than one Innovator. If you only have time to connect with one Innovator, please make sure to thank the other Innovators for their time and let them know that you have already connected with someone else.
    Note: We highly encourage you to connect with as many Innovators as possible, even for the same question. More perspectives and connections will offer a more informed decision or outcome! However, we also know you are busy! Just make sure to thank anyone that gets back to you because you may want to connect with them at a future point and it is the right thing to do!

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