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August 18, 2017
Charlotte Venture Challenge 2018

The 2018 Charlotte Venture Challenge will focus on Ventureprise Launch participants and showcase these innovation based ventures from the Charlotte community and UNC Charlotte researchers and students. The event will feature a keynote by NC IDEA Foundation Presiden…


Our Regional Network

Collaboration with high impact people fuels entrepreneurial success


Initiatives that provide interaction between the valuable constituents in an entrepreneurial ecosystem creates real opportunity to accelerate business growth and move rapidly towards commercial success.

Ventureprise serves as an expert resource for commercialization, opportunity assessment and incubation/acceleration.  A broad range of organizations that make up the regional entrepreneurial network supply many other needed services to entrepreneurs.

The Regional Network includes: 

Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

  • Ventureprise, Inc. (Innovation-focused programs, technology commercialization and Incubator/Accelerator)
  • Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) (high growth development programs)
  • Packard Place (Uptown Charlotte entrepreneurial hub)
  • Queen City Forward (social enterprise)
  • SCORE (mentoring)
  • Small Business and Technology Development Center

Capital Sources

  • Charlotte Angel Fund

Colleges and Universities

  • UNC Charlotte
  • Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
  • Queens University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Winthrop University
  • Rowan Cabarrus Community College
  • Johnson and Wales
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Gaston College

Research and Development

  • UNC Charlotte
  • North Carolina Research Campus
  • Charlotte Research Institute
  • David H. Murdock Research Institute

Government Agencies

  • City of Charlotte
  • Centralina Economic Development Commission
  • Cabarraus County
  • City of Kannapolis
  • North Carolina Department of Commerce

Economic Development

  • Charlotte Regional Partnership
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce