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6 Companies, $2.66M Raised: Ventureprise Alumni Highlights

Six Companies, $2.66M Raised, 25+ Employees- It’s all about Customer Discovery, Pivots and utilizing
   July 22, 2021

As Ventureprise begins to conclude our summer programming, we are following up with some of our program alumni. After graduating this summer’s cohort, 275 teams have participated in our customer discovery program, Ventureprise Launch. We will begin our coverage with six teams that focused these last 18 months on reaching some major...

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Ventureprise receives a Charlotte Fire Award

Ventureprise receives a Charlotte Fire Award
   July 20, 2021

From pre-seed-stage startups to multibillion-dollar tech firms, the Fire Awards are a peek at what set these companies ablaze over the last year — things like new funding rounds, product launches and pandemic pivots that not only saved the business, but benefited customers along the way. They're companies that have expanded, inked major acquisition deals and started the sometimes...

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Ventureprise, City Startup Labs launch a collaborative mentorship accelerator

Ventureprise, City Startup Labs launch a collaborative mentorship accelerator
   July 19, 2021

UNCC Ventureprise and City Startup Labs are collaborating on an accelerator program aimed at drawing in a new batch of mentors for local entrepreneurs.

The program, called the Inclusive Innovation Leadership Academy, was created to diversify the leaders and mentors who work alongside founders and entrepreneurs, said Ventureprise Director Devin Collins.

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Davidson startup Grocery Shopii raises $1M, partners with Microsoft

Davidson startup Grocery Shopii raises $1M, partners with Microsoft
   June 7, 2021

Davidson-based Grocery Shopii has raised a $1 million seed round that comes on the heels of a partnership with Microsoft.

Grocery Shopii, founded in 2018 by Katie Hotze, is a meal-planning application that helps...

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Defiance Ventures backs local tech startup BatteryXchange with seed round investment

Defiance Ventures backs local tech startup BatteryXchange with seed round investment
   May 27, 2021

Local tech startup BatteryXchange seems to have hit its stride.

The startup announced last week that it recently closed on an investment from local venture capital firm ...

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Persistence pays off for two local startups that just won NC IDEA's $50K seed grants

   May 17, 2021

Persistence and grit are two things that any successful startup founder possesses. For Abi Olukeye and ...

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Ventureprise Alumnus and Belk College of Business Senior Adonis Abdullah Awarded one of 19 NC IDEA MicroGrants

   April 26, 2021

DURHAM, NC – April 26, 2021 – NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, announced today that the organization has awarded nearly $200,000 to nineteen North Carolina startups in its sixth NC IDEA MICRO grant cycle. Since the inaugural cycle in Spring 2018, NC IDEA MICRO has awarded nearly $1...

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UNCC's Ventureprise receives $25K award for inclusivity efforts in local innovation ecosystem

   January 27, 2021

Last week, Ventureprise — UNCC's innovation and entrepreneurship center — was named one of 10 recipients of a nationally recognized award.

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Collaborating to close the Stem Gender Gap Through Innovation

COLLABORATING TO CLOSE THE STEM GENDER GAP THROUGH INNOVATION AND FUN
   January 26, 2021

Abi Olukeye, the founder of Charlotte-based Smart Girls HQ, began her journey through Ventureprise, the University’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship. She participated in...

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Global Tech Launch: Systematic Program for Technology and Commercialization

   January 25, 2021

Dr. Victor Chen, Associate Professor of International Management in Belk College of Business and Ventureprise Launch National Science Foundation I-Corps alumnus, has designed a course for students to assist startup ventures with global potential. At its core, the Global Launch course will focus on training business majored students’ theories and practices for global market assessment, global...

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