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This year we were fortunate enough to partner with Ventureprise, a venture development organization that offers comprehensive business services for entrepreneurs. Located in the PORTAL building at UNCC, and through the Charlotte Research Institute, they enable early stage growth of high-potential business ventures who are driven by innovation.

They have several initiatives that complement the innovation services they offer. The Charlotte Venture Challenge is a business competition that has launched hundreds of companies who entered in their early stages. Charlotte Venture Launch guides founders through the customer discovery process and helps find ready customers, to see if an idea is worth pursuing. The Innovation Connection gathers constituents interested in specific technology or industry topics. This forum invites participants because of their interest or expertise in the specific topic.

Their involvement in the Charlotte entrepreneurial community is integral to maintaining the level of participation, enthusiasm, and success that we have seen in the region. They are a large collaborator with colleges and universities, capital sources, research and development centers, government agencies, and entrepreneurial support organizations around town, like Packard Place and Queen City Forward (Charlotte Startup Weekend supporters too!).

Needless to say our event would not be as awesome as it is without the support of Ventureprise. Check them out over the weekend and see how you can plug into their awesome entrepreneurial and innovation-driven ecosystem.

Megan Van Fleet