The Spring 2017 Charlotte Venture Challenge innovation competition will highlight successful customer discovery by emerging North Carolina startups. The event will take place on April 6, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event format has changed to a customer discovery program aimed at helping fledgling start-ups find first customers. The participating teams will present their business innovations and then breakoff into customer centric groups and mentor panels. Now in its 16th year, innovators can participate through one of three categories.
Category 1: National Science Foundation I-Corps Participants (Ventureprise 2017 Spring Cohort)
The cohort is open to faculty and student teams from UNC Charlotte, North Carolina Research Campus, Davidson College, Queens University and/or Johnson C. Smith University exploring the commercial possibilities of ideas or research. The Spring Cohort kicked-off Feb. 3.
Category 2: Ventureprise Launch (NC IDEA Spring Cohort up to 8 teams)
Ventureprise, Inc. was awarded an NC IDEA ecosystem grant to bring the Ventureprise Launch program to early-stage, innovation-driven entrepreneurs in metro Charlotte. Proposed ideas and technologies must involve a technological, business model or business process innovation. This may include but is not limited to ventures related to physical sciences, life sciences, software, informatics, energy, financial services and many others. Applications open for Spring Cohort participants. Program kicks-off Feb. 15. Program Overview PDF and Application PDF
Category 3: North Carolina Fast Track Cohort (Max 5-8 teams)
Eligible participants must have their primary business location in North Carolina. Cumulative revenue, not including research grants, must not exceed $50,000 and external investment must not exceed $250,000 as of the February 1, 2017. Open to highly competitive innovation based companies across North Carolina. Applications due March 10. NC Fast Track Application PDF