15th Annual Charlotte Venture Challenge

Compete for Investor & Corporate attention

Southeast's largest start-up competition for investor attention and Fortune 500 customer discovery
Past Corporate Participant
Past Corporate Participant
Past Investor Participant
Past Investor Participant


Charlotte Venture Challenge
2016 Applications Due March 3

The Charlotte Venture Challenge is a start-up competition for early-stage high growth companies. In the last three years, over 300 start-up companies entered the competition for the opportunity to present to potential investors, first customers, and the chance to win over $150,000 in cash prizes. During the final rounds of competition the finalists present to Angel and Venture Capital Investors and large potential customers (Fortune 500 Corps).

  • 2015 Competitors

    112 Startup Companies Entered

  • % Selected Finalists

    30 Finalists

  • Category Winners

    5 Category Winners

  • Cash Prize Awardees

    8 Winners and Runners-up

30 Finalists Selected

2015 Charlotte Venture Challenge
Grand Prize Winner
$8.7 Million Seed Round
The CVC is always a highlight for the year. At last year’s show, we met the company that would become our largest investment in our history. That kind of networking is invaluable to both the investor and entrepreneurial communities of Charlotte and across the Southeast! – Eric Dobson ACG
Student Ventures Winner
Seed Round
CVC was a rare opportunity to pitch alongside many seasoned entrepreneurs… It was fantastic to immerse ourselves in a community outside of our network at UNC Chapel Hill said founder Thomas Doochin
2016 CES Innovation Award Winner
Smart home innovation award winner at the 2016 consumer electronics show and soon to be integrated with IRIS by LOWE\’S.
Seed Round
The Charlotte Venture Challenge directly led to Dyme meeting our first institutional investor, who has become a valued funding partner as we grow our business said founder Joey Prather


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