What is the Ventureprise Launch NC IDEA Program?
Ventureprise was awarded an NC IDEA ecosystem grant to bring the Ventureprise Launch customer discovery program to early-stage, innovation-driven startups in Charlotte and western North Carolina.The curriculum takes early stage entrepreneurs through customer discovery and business model generation activities modeled after the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps). Ventureprise operates a NSF I-Corps Site for university technology commercialization and is trained to offer the curriculum.
Ventureprise Launch NC IDEA Program is designed to succeed at the most critical phase of commercializing an innovation– the opportunity assessment– through customer discovery. Successful participants and teams are agile. They participate to discover the business model that provides the best opportunity to accelerate profitable commercialization of their innovation. Ventureprise Launch is best described as a boot-camp for innovators and is designed to challenge you at every turn.
- Customer Discovery
- Network building
- Go/No-Go decision to move forward
- Teams are better prepared to compete for NC IDEA Seed grant, Charlotte Venture Challenge and angel investment
Ventureprise Associate Director Devin Collins with 27 Software and Advocations, 2017 Ventureprise Launch Graduates and NC IDEA Finalists
Since inception in 2006, NC IDEA has supported over 250 companies through its grants and programs. Their work is based on a simple but powerful goal; foster economic development in North Carolina by helping young startups commercialize their innovations. In turn, these companies will grow and create a lasting impact in the community and beyond by securing investment, creating jobs and building wealth.
“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
Applying to the Program
Since its inception, the Ventureprise Launch NC IDEA Program has served 24 Charlotte and western North Carolina Companies.
Are you ready to dive into your business plan and addressable market, find ready customers and ultimately answer the question,
"Does my innovation have me solving a problem that many people want (or need) me to fill?
- Team with an innovation-driven venture suitable for national or international market
- Market testing, Minimal Viable Product or Beta Prototype
Teams will be expected to make a commercial viability decision at the end of the program. Successful completion of the program will benefit teams in their search for funding, including the NC IDEA Seed Grant ($50,000).
Applications and Information
For more information, contact Devin Collins, Associate Director, Ventureprise
Devin.Collins@uncc.edu or 704 687-8058