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February 3, 2017
Ventureprise Announces 2018 Charlotte Venture Challenge for May 1st

Keynote speaker Thom Ruhe, NC IDEA FOUNDATION President & CEO, will share his insight on NC IDEA's strategic funding direction and the state of North Carolina entrepreneurship.  The May 1st program will introduce a "new, interactive formate that focuses on prom…


Innovation Connection


  • A keystone Ventureprise initiative that convenes monthly, gathering constituents interested in specific technology and industry topics
  • Aimed at promoting open idea exchange between innovation-based entrepreneurs, corporate innovators and thought leading academics

Innovation Connection participants are invited based on their interest and expertise relative to each program’s topic. Current topics, which typically emphasize Charlotte regional clusters and UNC Charlotte research expertise, can be found at



Past Programs

2016 Programs

Public Relations:  Improve your skills to commuicate more powerfully and efficiently through a unique approach
Patrick McClean, entrepreneur, writer, teacher

2012 Programs

Business Negotiation
Jason Sirmon, Master Negotiation Instructor, Sirmon Training and Consulting Group

Intellectual Property Protection for Inventors & Entrepreneurs
John Calvert, Senior Advisor, Office of Innovation Development, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Importance and Value of Building Your Brand
Kent Panther, VP of Strategic Thinking, Wray Ward

6 Secrets to Startup Success
John Bradberry, author, ReadyFounder Services

USPTO Trademarks
Craig Morris, managing attorney, US Patent & Trademark Office

Risk Management
Marcus Lee, Moore & VanAllen
Craig Murden, Northwestern Mutual

Automating Sales Processes
Glenn Normoyle, Yodle

2011 Programs

Building a successful venture by bootstrapping
Presenter: Steve Montgomery, Founder of CSI
Leroy Hill, Founder of Yorel

My business is thriving... what now? Cultivating organizational growth by leveraging human capital.
Presenter: Brett Agypt, Organization Science Ph.D. candidate, UNC Charlotte

Your brain drives your business
Presenter: Vicki Parker, Ph.D., Director, The Brain Trainer

How to leverage social media to generate revenue
Presenter: Adam Holden-Bache, CEO, Mass Transmit

Early stage equity: what is working in Charlotte
Presenter: MailVU (Alan Fitzpatrick), Overstock (Shafi Mustafa), OtherScreen (Halligan), T1 Visions (Michael Feldman)

Business Development
Presenter: Mark Schaffner

Plans that support success
Presenter: Brian Boswell

Leveraging University Resources
Presenter: Barry Burks, CRI; Denise Dwight Smith, Career Services; TBD, Library