2023 Charlotte Venture Challenge

Charlotte Venture Challenge

Join us in celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC Charlotte!

This networking event brings together our community of innovators and entrepreneurial leaders from UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte region. ​The Charlotte Venture Challenge will showcase university and community Charlotte Launch participants and semi-finalists in the 49er Impact student pitch competition. Awards will be presented to the top student teams and the final four Charlotte Launch Small Grant winners.

We look forward to networking with you at our tribute to the students, faculty and community leaders who continue to bring their innovative ideas forward in this 22nd year of Charlotte Venture Challenge!

Student Pitch Semi-Finalists

Meet the Student Impact Makers

Sarah Eddin, Yousef Eddin
Bad Apples


An app that allows students who struggle with social anxiety to anonymously communicate their understanding of class material with teachers/lecturers in real-time.

Kaylan Joseph


An app that will sell high quality, affordable hair and beauty products delivered to your door in under 2 hours.

Rayvon McQueen
The Intersection of Business and Media

A community empowerment program concerning youth development and importance of media literacy.

Alberta Asare Yeboah


A gamified app/website designed to educate senior citizens about scams and test their understanding about it.

Amogh Bandekar

An asynchronous clinical intake platform that automates patient histories, and identifies low-acuity cases for providers to more efficiently provide care for.

Jackson Popovich


An app for truck drivers & distribution centers to schedule appointments to reduce the detention time for truck drivers and help smooth out the supply chain.

Kennedi Briggs
The Renewable Power Meter

A device making easier to add renewable sources to the grid.

Ryan Shah, Srinath Dittakavi, Arjun Elangovan, Akhil Motiramani


Connects restaurants with homeless shelters to provide food to those in need all through an easy-to-use app.

Soen McCormick
Campus Exchange

An app that allows UNC Charlotte students to trade/purchase items as well as offer services (DJ-ing, hairstylists, car detailing) to each other.

Avangelyne (Angel) Padilla
Supporting our Communities as a Community

A nonprofit organization that both initiates community discussions and incentivizes partnerships between different organizations to address social issues and support our communities, as a community.

Emma Wical
Food for Thought


An on-campus grocery store that offers inexpensive products that are the proper size for 1-3 students.

Emma Wical, Krystal Ortiz
Ko Kreations Studio LLC

A multi-purpose studio that represents a community centered brand, encouraging self expression and creativity through music, art, photography and more.

Meet the Community Showcase Founders

Malobi Achike
DEI Directive

Gloria Folaroon

Miguel Avila, Abdul Brimah
Daily View Pools

Vontenea Stokes, Christopher Stokes
Secure Living

Louis DeMontfort

Meet the University Showcase Teams


Chris Neff and Dr. Shannon Reid (The William States Lee College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)

Chimeras provides an automated intelligent surveillance technology that integrates into pre-existing surveillance infrastructure to increase situational awareness and security while reducing costs with minimal human intervention. Chimeras offers all of these surveillance advances while also addressing privacy and ethical concerns that have complicated the surveillance landscape in recent years.

Funds to Finish

Dr. Elise Demeter, Dr. Mohsen Dorodchi and Hesam Fallahian (Academic Affairs, College of Computing and Informatics)

We help higher education institutions support the success of students with financial need.

Flexible Grid Forming Inverter

Prithwiraj Roy Chowdhury and Dr. MadhavManjrekar (The Williams State Lee College of Engineering)

Enabling residential and commercial power consumers to contribute power to the grid in exchange for reduced electrical utility bills

urbanCORE Explore

Dr. Byron White (urbanCORE)

urbanCORE Explore is a customer relationship manager that incentivizes faculty to regularly share dynamic, community engagement activity. This allows university administrators to conveniently and accurately monitor, enhance and report timely partnership efforts to internal and external stakeholders.

SmartMed Guardians

Ayman Ali, Dr. Pu Wang and Dr. Mohsen Dorodchi (College of Computing and Informatics)

Creating AI-Based Medical Aids.


Hamideh Hosssei and Dr. Kyoung-Hee Kim (College of Arts + Architecture)

ReCon is an innovative facade-integrated PV technology that increases electricity generation by 90% under partial shading conditions while reducing building electricity consumption by 30%.