The Carolina Angel Network (CAN) brings together the UNC entrepreneurial community, UNC alumni network, and innovative private companies to empower the businesses that drive our future.
Our mission is to support the UNC entrepreneurial community with an angel investing platform and co-investment fund (the Carolina Angel Investment Fund) that engages and leverages the power of the UNC alumni network. The CAN operational team and investment platform exist within the UNC Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
The Carolina Angel Network actively engages and matches UNC alumni network expertise with portfolio companies to support growth and success. The global Carolina community offers a uniquely powerful opportunity for networking and guidance from industry experts and successful entrepreneurial leaders. CAN members work actively to connect CAN portfolio companies with the UNC network to foster collaboration and further success.
Mr. Myer is presently a professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School on the University of North Carolina campus. He teaches Business Plan Analysis, Launch the Venture and the PE Mentor classes in the MBA and undergraduate business programs. He joined the UNC faculty in 1999 as a part-time instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2002.
Besides his teaching activities, Mr. Myer is an active local investor and board member. He is Chair of the Board of a startup in the medical device space and has invested several other startups. He is Chair of the Board for NC Idea, which is a foundation devoted to funding early stage companies in North Carolina. In addition he is an investor in two NC venture capital funds, a private equity fund and two local angel groups as well as one in Seattle. He is a board member of the Carolina Research Venture Fund and part of the founding team for the Carolina Angel Network. He a former Board member and Exec Committee member of the NC School of Science & Math.
In 1991, Mr. Myer founded Best Friends Pet Care, a national chain of high quality luxury hotels for dogs and cats. Beginning with an idea and a business plan, he raised $3 million in seed capital to launch the company and then did three more rounds of financing raising another $45 million. He built into a large national chain that is presently located throughout the country before successfully selling his interest in the company to a private equity firm in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999 he was President of Lindblad Expeditions, a high end travel company
Before starting Best Friends, Mr. Myer was a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton for 13 years. He specialized in the consumer product and services industries and led consulting assignments in customer service, strategy, marketing and operations. In 1989 he authored an article in the Harvard Business Review on customer service strategy.
Mr. Myer graduated with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and received his MBA from Harvard University.