"you won't find the answers you need inside the building."


"This program helped us understand what pains our product solved and we were able to refine our mission statement, which is very important at this stage."

Mark Vande Guchte, FixMob

By offering the Ventureprise Launch NC IDEA Program to Charlotte and western North Carolina innovation-based startups, hosting the annual Charlotte Venture Challenge and supporting additional outreach programs, Ventureprise is able to support the area's entrepreneurs with a critical step in launching their business.

customer discovery, business model generation and evidence-based entrepreneurship

“This program allowed us to have conversations with potential customers that we would have had no way of reaching by ourselves.”

Mark Gulley, Redipay CEO

“As a Harvard MBA, I was not sure I would learn much. Yet, to my pleasant surprise, through Ventureprise Launch we gained valuable customer insights and have made a couple of key pivots.”

Darrell Hubbard, YobiFund Founder

"There is a lot of effort that goes into customer discovery that even I, with having experience in building companies, learned much about in this course."

Curtis Watkins, Bova Metrics CEO



Ventureprise Interim Executive Director Devin Collins with 27 Software and Advocations, 2017 Ventureprise Launch Graduates and NC IDEA Finalists.


Ventureprise is UNC Charlotte's innovation and entrepreneurship center serving not only the UNC Charlotte Campus, but the Charlotte region. As one of the 80 NSF I-Corps sites, recipient of a 2016 NC IDEA Ecosystem Grant and creator of the Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth Report; Ventureprise serves as a center of excellence for customer-centered innovation and entrepreneurship.