Charlotte Venture Challenge

April 30, 2019 (All day)
PORTAL Building- 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd. Charlotte, NC 28223

Join us in celebrating the 100th UNC Charlotte National Science Foundation I-Corps technology team to complete the Ventureprise Launch customer discovery program. Each team is made up of at least one faculty research and one student exploring the commercialization potential of their innovation.

The Charlotte Venture Challenge will showcase university and community Ventureprise Launch participants and feature a student pitch competition. The event will introduce the five startups funded to participate in the Ventureprise Launch 2.0 summer accelerator supported by NC IDEA FOUNDATION.

Program Details:

4:00pm Welcome
Devin Collins, Interim Executive Director, Ventureprise

4:15pm UNC Charlotte Student Pitch Competition
Moderator: Laura Smailes, Assistant Director, Ventureprise 

University Change Makers Pitch

  • Mello - Hunter Heavener and Cole Natasi
  • enterTiNment - Martin Gutierrez
  • Niner Radar - Anthony DeCenzo and Matthew Krawiec
  • Anticipate - Jahdiel Couchman, Stephanie Lam, Charlotte Barrett and Vishal Naik

Business Pitch

  • Tiquity Tickets - Hunter Stanley
  • Replicator - Haley Currence
  • Heben - Fidel Henriquez
  • Loose Lace - Tristin Fields

4:45pm Ventureprise Launch 2.0 
Moderator: John Austin, Senior Director, NC IDEA

5:15pm Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps- Highlighting 100 Teams
Moderator: Devin Collins, Interim Executive Director, Ventureprise

  • Margaret Kocherga, Light and Charge Solutions, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Bhaskar Mitra, PiControl, The William States Lee College of Engineering
  • Dr. David T. Young, The William States Lee College of Engineering
  • Dr. Jennifer Warner, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. James Conrad, The William States Lee College of Engineering

5:50pm Award Announcements and Closing Remarks
Dr. Richard A. Tankersley, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; Interim Executive Director, Charlotte Research Institute

6:00pm-8pm Company Showcase and Reception 
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided at reception.
Over 15 community and university companies will be showcasing their innovation and business


***Free Parking (Ask for ticket at registration)