UNC Charlotte Selected as an NSF Innovation Corps Site

May 28, 2015



The UNC Charlotte proposal for a Ventureprise Charlotte Launch program was selected as an NSF I-Corps Site in a nationally competitive solicitation by the National Science Foundation. The selection also designates UNC Charlotte as one of 36 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.


Ventureprise graduate named Woman Business Enterprise of the Year

May 8, 2015

Choice Translating ( was announced as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Woman Business Enterprise of the Year at the annual Crowns of Enterprise award ceremony on May 7, 2015.


Ecomdash wins big at the 2015 ProAds Awards, presented by the BusinessMarketing Association of the Carolinas

May 5, 2015


Ecomdash was just awarded top honors at the 2015 ProAds Marketing Awards.


2014 Hackathon at PORTAL

April 27, 2015

Our friends at Tresata organized an overnight hackathon that attracted 100+ dedicated developers to the PORTAL building. Teams worked to “predict, model, plan and present the best, most attractive and creative ways to deliver groceries to customers using open source technology.” UNC TV offers a comprehensive video story that can be viewed here.

UNC Charlotte stages hackathon


Charlotte Entrepreneurs Raise Economic Impact Awareness

April 14, 2015

Ventureprise, Inc., in partnership with the Business Innovation & Growth Council (BIG) and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, are calling on entrepreneurial leaders to help promote the combined impact their entrepreneurial businesses have had on the Charlotte regional economy. The Urban Institute will gather confidential survey data from high growth companies for inclusion in the inaugural publication of the Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report (CEGR).

BIG launched an Annual Entrepreneurial Index in 2012 led by David Jones, Chairman of Peak 10, which surveyed its membership and regional entrepreneurs for economic impact data. This year’s annual entrepreneurial survey will be expanded through collaboration with vested partners, making greater participation especially impactful.


2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge Winners Selected

April 2, 2015

30 early-stage innovation based companies from throughout the Southeast pitched to investors and corporate innovation executives at the 14th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge on March 31st, 2015. The competition for nearly $50,000 of cash prizes took place at the Southeast Venture Conference which attracted over 700 investors, entrepreneurs, and other attendees to Charlotte. The Charlotte Venture Challenge finalists included companies from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C. Student teams represented seven colleges and universities.


Three UNC Charlotte Student Teams to Compete in Social Entrepreneurship Conference

February 9, 2015

The UNC General Administration will host the 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Conference on February 11 at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, where 27 undergrad team entrants and 16 graduate team entrants from across the UNC system will compete.

The three teams from UNC Charlotte are:  Team GASP, The Social Traveler's Program, and Joinup.


Bowles Rice LLP Selects Acrowire for SharePoint Intranet Design

February 6, 2015

Acrowire-Logo.pngAcrowire, located in the PORTAL building is a consulting firm specializing in strategic business and legal technology.  It was recently announced that they have been hired by Bowles Rice LLP to design, brand and assist in the deployment of the Bowles Rice SharePoint 2013 intranet portal


Devin Collins among region's 'Forty Under 40'

February 5, 2015


Congratulations to Devin Collins, Assistant Director Business and Entrepreneurial Development w/CRI who was recently named on Charlotte Business Journal's list of 'Forty Under 40"


Welcome Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) to PORTAL

January 7, 2015

The regional office of the Small Business and Technology Development Center has re-located to UNC Charlotte's PORTAL building.