UPcoming events and opportunities


Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps Programming

UNC Charlotte's long-standing support of entrepreneurship has blossomed with its 2015 selection as a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site. The Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corp Site has taken a total of 163 University technology teams through a six-week customer discovery program and has 11% of these teams advancing to the NSF National I-Corps Program. Additionally, as a recipient of the 2016/2018/2020 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner NC IDEA FOUNDATION grants, 112 community tech startups from Charlotte and Western, NC have completed the six-week I-Corps customer discovery program. 

Ventureprise has had 18 Regional I-Corps teams advance to the National NSF I-Corps Program, receiving $50,000 NSF grant for addtional customer discovery and prototype development. Ventureprise Assistant Director Laura Smailes sat down with two of these teams from the College of Arts + Architecture to discuss the process.


Full list of NSF National I-Corps teams here

Ventureprise also works with community startups to foster partnerships with Charlotte research. Ventureprise Assistant Director Laura Smailes sat down with Smart Girls HQ Founder Abi Olukeye and College of Computing and Informatics' Dr. Mary Lou Maher to discuss their partnership and their path to commercialization using UNC Charlotte and Ventureprise resources. 

New Programming

With a vital importance of diverse perspectives and a need for more inclusive leadership in the entrepreneurial sector, Ventureprise and City Startup Labs has designed a collaborative learning program that educates, empowers and inspires women and other underrepresented minorities to utilize their expertise and potential for social and economic impact and growth while advancing an inclusive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators.

Click below for more information. Fall Cohort graduating September 16th.


2021 Charlotte Venture Challenge

Watch the full event below, or catch the recap and all the panels here.


VenturepriseĀ® is UNC Charlotteā€™s innovation and entrepreneurship center serving the campus and Charlotte region as a center of excellence for evidence based entrepreneurship. Ventureprise works to provide the resources and expertise for university and community based startups as they commercialize their innovations and scale their ventures. 






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