UNC Charlotte is engaged in multiple initiatives that support regional and statewide economic development. Academic programs, such as engineering senior design, are useful to many businesses including entrepreneurial ventures.The primary connection points for innovation-driven entrepreneurs and local small businesses are listed below.

Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)—UNC Charlotte hosts a regional office of this statewide network which provides business assistance and counseling to small and medium enterprises.

Ventureprise—UNC Charlotte provides substantial support to this non-profit venture development organization that works with innovation-driven, early-stage entrepreneurs.

Charlotte Venture Challenge—This annual business innovation competition has identified, celebrated, and connected the most promising new ventures since 2001.

City Startup Labs—This initiative collaborates with Ventureprise and UNC Charlotte as it works to develop young black men as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.