By Todd Cohen
Chapel Hill, N.C. — MBA students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are doing research for two initiatives that aim to deliver technology assistance to nonprofit organizations.
Students in business professor Jim Johnson’s class on entrepreneurship and local economic development are helping to identify the potential market for a new project of the AOL Foundation, which plans to expand its services to nonprofits to include a clearinghouse that will match organizations providing high-level tech training with nonprofit staff and constituents who need it.
Students also are helping to write a marketing plan for Community Technology, a new venture in the Triangle that will offer tech assistance to nonprofits and connect them with tech providers.
Community Technology will be part of a proposed Technology Learning Center being created by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-CH. The new center also will include a lab middle school for poor youngsters and a digital incubator for small businesses owned by minorities and women.