UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business has announced this year’s Kenan Investment Management Fellows, with three outstanding recipients from the MBA class of 2018 earning the honor.
Each of the three fellows will receive significant assistance obtaining “summer internships and full-time offers with firms in the alternative investment space, including asset management, private equity, venture capital and hedge-fund firms,” according to a press release from Kenan-Flagler.
The fellowship winners are as follow:
- Neeraj Agarwal, Amundi Smith Breeden intern
- Abhishek Kumar, intern at Echo Health Ventures
- Matthew Mildenberg, CBC Capital intern
Responding to the announcement, Shawn Munday, finance professor and executive director of the Institute for Private Capital (ICP), said: “This successful program provides invaluable investment experience for the fellows and helps strengthen the school’s expanding network in the alternative investments space.”
“We expanded this year’s program to include participation by 11 firms and 30 first-year MBA students, and yielded five summer internship offers,” he added.
The ICP, a financial research firm that works with academic institutions to enhance “public understanding of the role of private capital in the global economy,” announced the winners last month. ICP partnered with the Center for Excellence in Investment Management (CIM) as well as the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise to offer the fellowship program.
CIM’s mission is to help Kenan-Flagler prepare students for the constantly changing finance industry with premiere research, programs and various other tools. For example, CIM was a co-sponsor of the recent UNC Alternative Investments Conference, which provides asset management professionals with opportunities to network and discuss industry trends. Meanwhile, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise recently worked alongside Duke University on a joint research venture titled “Understanding Entrepreneurship: Facilitating Academic Research with a Shared Data Repository.” The aim of this long-term project is to “build a data repository to facilitate empirical research in entrepreneurship.”
An overview of the project’s research can be viewed here. The joint effort is part of a long-term plan through which both parties hope to continually collect new data to facilitate research into entrepreneurship by a range of stakeholders.