Laura Smailes graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. Laura formed a startup (Eco-H2O Innovations, L.L.C.) with two engineers, working on a wave powered desalination system to provide clean water to areas in need. In addition to her participation with Ventureprise, Laura currently serves as the Communications Manager for PitchBreakfast and Project Manager for StartCharlotte. Laura is very eager to use her experience to assist and support other entrepreneurs in the community.