Upcoming Student Opportunities


students Making an Impact

Promoting Collaboration and Driving Innovation: Find Your Community

From Pitch Events to the 49er Foundry to our Charlotte Launch NSF I-Corps Cohorts, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides programming, mentoring and co-working space for students to develop their ideas.

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49er Impact Pitch Competition

We will be awarding over $10,000 in cash and prizes!


Three Stages and Dates to Remember


April 4th Submit a 3 minute (2 min 59 seconds) pitch on your IDEA. This round is not in person. You will submit your pitch online. 


April 11th Semi-Final Round and Mentor Madness. In-Person. Top 10 -12 students will meet with local leaders & founders to get feedback. Then present a 4 minute pitch. 


April 18th Final Round. Top 5 students will pitch. Prizes will be awarded. Grand Prize is $3,500 and additional $6,500 to be awarded for up to 10 categories. 


And even more... We will give you mentoring and guidance on your idea and pitch!

We will be hosting Boot Camps to start you on the Entrepreneurial Thinking Credential Pathway to give you insight into the ideation and entrepreneurial process. 

Next Boot Camp is Thursday, March 22nd

If you have a group of 5 or more that want to do a Boot Camp, we will host one for your group! Email Laura Smailes, lsmailes@uncc.edu to get more info and sign up!