Eleven Charlotte community starutps graduated the Ventureprise Launch Summer 2020 Accelerator this past week, completing a 3 month accelerator. These founders worked on pilot launches, data gathering and completing their Business Model Canvas. Check out the companies here

Funding supports new phase of a multidisciplinary research project by IDRL.. A long-term multidisciplinary research project by the Integrated Design Research Lab (IDRL), under the direction of Associate Professor of Architecture Kyoung-Hee Kim, has received a Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I (STTR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF STTR program funds […]

Just a few months ago, a completely digital lifestyle seemed at least one generation away. The Covid-19 pandemic has made that future a reality much sooner than we are prepared for, leaving the global economy scrambling to figure out how to thrive in it. Consequently, the demand for professionals that work in Science, Technology, Engineering […]

Charlotte Venture Challenge Student Showcase Ventureprise Awards over $10,000 to Student Entrepreneurs as Charlotte Entrepreneurial Leaders Discuss Innovation and Startup Culture As students were managing to wrap up their semester, along with adapting to online courses, ten UNC Charlotte student entrepreneurs participated in Ventureprise’s inaugural virtual 49er Foundry and Student Entrepreneur Showcase. Ventureprise, UNC Charlotte’s […]

DURHAM, NC – April 27, 2020 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $160,000 to sixteen North Carolina startups in its fourth ever NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Since the inaugural cycle in Spring 2018, NC IDEA MICRO […]

Author: Laura Smailes, Ventureprise Assistant Director As Margaret Kocherga, Ph.D. Nanoscale Science Student and founder of Light and Charge Solutions, pops up virtually on my screen for our scheduled update, I start off the conversation by saying, “Congratulations!” And then a bit of laughter, because she has achieved so much in the past month since […]

Charlotte Venture Challenge Student Showcase Student entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative projects and ideas for a chance to win cash and a spot in summer accelerator On April 29th, UNC Charlotte student teams will pitch in a virtual showcase for an opportunity to participate in a summer mentorship program and win cash prizes. Ventureprise, UNC […]

The online grocery market in the U.S. has grown quickly in recent years, expanding from $12 billion in 2016 to $26 billion in 2018. And it has plenty of room to grow, as online orders today still represent a fraction of the $632 billion overall grocery market. The ongoing coronavirus could also create a surge […]

20 Charlotte Startups to Watch in 2020 It’s nearly the end of not only the year, but also the decade. We at Charlotte Inno are celebrating by looking ahead and considering those startups who will lead the ecosystem in 2020. But before we get to that, let’s set the stage. If 2019 is any indication, […]

NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded $150,000 to fifteen North Carolina startups in its third ever grant cycle of NC IDEA MICRO. Since the inaugural cycle in Spring 2018, NC IDEA MICRO has awarded nearly $450,000 to 45 […]

Medical tourism continues to rise in the United States. In 2019 alone, nearly 2 million Americans have traveled abroad to receive a surgical procedure. The market is estimated to be close to $90 billion as out-of-pocket healthcare costs continue to rise domestically. Joel Suckow worked in the elective surgery space at Johnson and Johnson for […]

These days, it’s not wise to leave home without a phone charger. Podcasts, Spotify and endless Instagram scrolling quickly drain your battery, leaving unwitting users with little power to call a family member on the commute home or respond to that crucial work email. Let’s say you forget your charger, though. What do you do […]

It’s been said that age is just a number. When considering the achievements of Charlotte Inno’s first-ever Under 25 list, however, one would be remiss to not acknowledge and celebrate those innovators driving change for the better before their 26th birthdays. The innovators on our list are from all over the Queen City, tackling a […]

When career problem-solver and long-time technologist Abi Olukeye became a mother to two girls, the world of science, technology, engineering and math (known more commonly as STEM), started to look a bit different. While she was familiar with the gender gap in STEM fields — in 2018, only 28 percent of those jobs were held […]

Grocery Shopii launched their platform earlier this month, and soon after, Progressive Grocer named the company the industry’s “Best Tech Application” at the 2019 Total Meal Solutions Awards. The awards are given to companies with “some of the most innovative and creative ideas we’ve seen,” said Jim Dudlicek, editorial director at Progressive Grocer. Hotze’s idea […]

WRAL RALEIGH – RIoT’s Fall 2019 RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) includes Internet of Things companies that are tackling everything from taking down pesky backyard pests to better protecting newborns in the NICU. The RIoT Accelerator Program is industry and stage agnostic, but we are looking for interesting, viable IoT solutions and strong teams. This cycle […]

“She has propelled the development of our research program from the concept phase to the brink of commercialization.” Learn more about Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps alumnus Margaret Kocherga Doctoral Student Forms Bonds Through Chemistry, Dance

The School of Architecture’s Integrated Design Research Lab (IDRL) has received two National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grants to further research in microalgae facades and adaptable solar windows. Each project will receive $50,000 and specialized team training to develop the commercial potential of the technology. Two Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps Selected for National I-Corps […]