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Charlotte Center Supports Economic Mobility Initiative Drawing from extensive research and practical experience, UNC Charlotte’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will provide training for participants in the Hornets Innovation Summit Presented by Bank of America, an initiative that supports economic mobility in Charlotte. Hornets Sports & Entertainment is accepting applications through Wednesday, Jan. 31 for […]

UNC Charlotte is now part of the National Science Foundation I-Corps Hub Mid-Atlantic Region, a network of 11 universities that helps researchers translate inventions to the marketplace. “UNC Charlotte is a leading institution dedicated to serving diverse populations and catering to the Charlotte region not currently supported by I-Corps Hubs,” said Dan Kunitz, director and co-principal investigator […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation opened applications for the Spring 2022 Charlotte Launch I-Corps Program. The program is now accepting applications from Charlotte Community Founders and University Teams. The Community Program Applications will be open through January 19th, with the program launching virtually on Wednesday, January 31st. More information on the program can be […]

During a 36-hour span that started on a mid-October Friday afternoon, 40 UNC Charlotte students huddled as teams to create 14 innovative solutions to vexing problems. By the end of the inaugural Golden Hack: Impact Weekend, the teams were ready to pitch to a panel of university and community judges and compete for money prizes. […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) has announced office hours at the Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center Center as part of their Small Business Ecosystem Partner Grant from the City of Charlotte. This program was developed to assist small businesses through an integrated support program at UNC Charlotte involving customer discovery training, access […]

With close to 200 attendees, this year’s Charlotte Venture Challenge (CVC) successfully brought together UNC Charlotte students, faculty and the Charlotte community. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s networking and showcasing event took place in the PORTAL building on April 18th, highlighting student ideas, University commercialization and Charlotte startups. “Founded in 2001, the annual CVC […]

This evening, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted Mentor Madness. This event is part of the 49er Impact Pitch Competition for UNC Charlotte Students. The competition was launched in March, with nearly 30 students across campus submitting a three minute video pitch. Judges then reviewed, scored and announced the top 12 social and business […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation officially launches the Spring 2023 49er Impact Pitch Competition! Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to finalists who pitch their ideas. https://entrepreneurship.charlotte.edu/events/upcoming-events/49er-impact-0

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation received a Small Business Ecosystem Partner Grant from the City of Charlotte to assist small businesses through an integrated support program at UNC Charlotte involving customer discovery training, access to technical talent, mentorship and other services. The UNC Charlotte Small Business Transformation Catalyst will support founders through entrepreneurial training, […]

This week the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted Mina Khalil, UNC Charlotte Alumnus and SBIR/STTR Program Manager at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for a special Lunch and Learn workshop for faculty, students and community memebers. Khalil discussed, to a sold out event, the different paths and opportunities for innovators and researchers […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with the City of Charlotte’s Small Business Ecosystem Grant, graduated 19 community and university teams, all who completed the six-week customer discovery program Charlotte Launch. The Spring 2023 Charlotte Launch Cohort, comprised of 7 community teams, 5 University Business Partnes and 7 University teams and participated in […]

Several UNC Charlotte alumni and students gathered this week to celebrate 10 years of 49er Foundry and student entreprenuership. The event highlighted Charlotte startup leaders who started their journey in the 49er Foundry and students currenty making their impact through the student idea incubator. The 49er Foundry, Charlotte’s Student Idea Incubator, was launched as the […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation kicked off our Lunch and Learn: Venture Knowledge Workshop Series this week with Entrepreneur In Residence James Smith leading the Entrepreneur vs Business Owner seminar. This workshop focused on differentiating Entrepreneurs from Business owners using both case studies and common industry definitions to highlight differences and similarities between both […]

Want to learn more about the SBIR/STTR process that will help you explore technological potential for your business? Join us for a Lunch and Learn with special guest Mina Khalil,SBIR/ STTR Program Manager at the United States Special Operations Command. Mina Khalil is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) […]

Your Opportunity to Win Cash for Your Idea How can you make an impact with your idea? The Center for Entrepreneruship and Innovation is giving away over $10,000 in cash and prizes this semester for your idea. You can participate in our micro-credentialing program and earn a badge in Entrepreneurial Thinking, pitch your idea at […]

What are the main differences between and entrepreneur and a business owner? The answer is simple: entrepreneurs are future-oriented while business owners typically focus on the present. Which are you? Join us on Friday, February 17th at 12pm for a great discussion and networking. Lunch to be provided. Register Here

Venture for America facilitated an Ideation Session for UNC Charlotte students this week to kick off the Entrepreneurial Mindset Micro Credential. This process helps students focus on an idea they want to work on this semester. Through brainstorming and networking, students worked together to find possible solutions to make their impact. Venture for America is […]

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the NC IDEA team to kick off the Spring 2023 Grant season. Senior Director Amy Bastian, Program Manager Sarah Mixter and Marketing Coordinator Cristhian Rodriquez led a discussion covering the NC IDEA SEED and MICRO grant process to over 100 attendees. They were also joined by previous grant […]