Ventureprise launch nsf i-corps programming
UNCC’s long-standing support of entrepreneurship has blossomed with its 2015 selection as a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site. The Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corp Site has taken a total of 145 University technology teams through a six-week customer discovery program and has 11% of these teams advancing to the NSF National I-Corps Program. Additionally, as a recipient of the 2016/2018 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Partner NC IDEA FOUNDATION grants, 104 community tech startups from Charlotte and Western, NC have completed the six-week I-Corps customer discovery program.
Ventureprise has had 15 Regional I-Corps teams advance to the National NSF I-Corps Program, receiving $50,000 NSF grant for addtional customer discovery and prototype development. Ventureprise Assistant Director Laura Smailes sat down with two of these teams from the College of Arts + Architecture to discuss the process.
Full list of NSF National I-Corps teams here.
Ventureprise also works with community startups to foster partnerships with UNC Charlotte research. Ventureprise Assistant Director sat down with Smart Girls HQ Founder Abi Olukeye and College of Computing and Informatics' Dr. Mary Lou Maher to discuss their partnership and their path to commercialization using UNC Charlotte and Ventureprise resources.
Ventureprise® is UNC Charlotte’s innovation and entrepreneurship center serving the campus and Charlotte region as a center of excellence for evidence based entrepreneurship. Ventureprise works to provide the resources and expertise for university and community based startups as they commercialize their innovations and scale their ventures.
Our core programs serving the UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff include the NSF I-Corps Program, 49er Foundry student business incubator and the annual Charlotte Venture Challenge.