Charlotte Venture Challenge

2021's Charlotte Venture Challenge & innovation virtual summit

Spotlights UNC Charlotte Research, Campus Entrepreneurship, Charlotte Startups and introduces partnership opportunities.


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April 20th at 2pm

2:00pm Welcome

2:15pm UNC Charlotte Student Entrepreneurs Showcase: Meet the Student Innovators

2:40pm Tech Transfer: UNC Charlotte technologies available for license and commercialization

3:05pm NSF I-Corps: Innovative research-based technology innovators

3:25pm Ventureprise Launch Summer Accelerator Showcase Powered by NC IDEA: Meet the Startups

3:50pm Closing Remarks

4:00pm Networking: Breakout Rooms with Featured Participating Panelists. Attendees will have a chance to follow up with the speakers from today's panels.

4:30pm Event Concludes

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Panelists & Participants:
 UNC Charlotte Student Entrepreneurship Showcase
Top 5  to be announced April 15th
Fidel Henriquez, Q&A Co-Host, 49er Foundry Member, 2019 & 2020 CVC Student Winner 
Sahithi Meduri, Q&A Co-Host, 49er Foundry Member, 2020 CVC Student Winner
Tech Transfer: UNC Charlotte Technologies Available for Licensing
Brad Fach, Host, Assistant Director, Office of Research Commercialization and Development 
Dr. Susan Trammel, Host, Professor, Department of Physics and Optimal Science
Dr. Jordan Polar, Host, Professor, Department of Chemistry
Mark Spindler, Q&A Cohost, Interim Director of the Office of Industry and Government Partnerships (OIGP)
NSF I-Corps: Innovative Research-Based Technology Innovators
Dr. Chengde Wu, Presenter, Lecturer, Research Fellow
Dr. Kyoung Hee Kim, Presenter, Associate Professor of Architecture/ Director of Integrated Design Research Lab
Roshanak Ashrafi, Presenter, Graduate Research Assistant, Integrated Design Research Lab
Abi Olukeye, Q&A Co-Host, Founder, Smart Girls HQ/ SBIR Phase 1 Awardee with Dr. Maher (College of Computing and Informatics)/Ventureprise Alumnus
Robin McIntire, Q&A Co-Host, Western District Director & CPE Committee Chair, Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
Ventureprise Launch Summer Accelerator Showcase Powered by NC IDEA: Meet the Startups
Penny Campbell, Founder, Seniors In Transition
Ash Malepati, Founder, Bitesavvy
Adonis Abdullah, Founder, Hot Route Analytics
Dr. Victor Chen, EMIE
Kim Harclerode, Founder, No Mess SPF
Pedro Regaldo & Dr. Tao Han, Talaria Technologies
Brian Rathbone, Q&A Cohost, Co-Founder, Author Loyalty and Step42/ Ventureprise Launch Summer Accelerator Alumnus
Dave Cook, Q&A Cohost,  Co-Founder, Author Loyalty and Step42/ Ventureprise Launch Summer Accelerator Alumnus

For more information about our participants and panelists click here


Read more about our 2020 Showcase event here

Disclaimer: Due to the global pandemic our usual Charlotte Venture Challenge event had to be scaled down to focus on  students and 49er Foundry members

Read more about our 2019 event here


CVC History

The competition has a history of producing and showcasing some of the Southeast’s most successful early-stage 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).


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Devin Collins, Ventureprise