Our Programs


As a National I-Corps Site, NC IDEA Ecosystem Partner, SBA L2M Visionary Award Recipient and creator of the Charlotte Entrepreneur Growth report, Ventureprise serves as a center of excellence for evidence based entrepreneurship. Ventureprise works with several regional and national partners to provide resources, programs and expertise to university students and professors as well as community based startups

Inclusive Innovation Leadership Academy

With a vital importance of diverse perspectives and a need for more inclusive leadership in the entrepreneurial sector, Ventureprise and City Startup Labs have designed a collaborative learning program that educates, empowers and inspires women and other underrepresented minorities to utilize their expertise and potential for social and economic impact and growth while advancing an inclusive environment for entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellowship

This program is focused on broadening participation in the innovation process and integrating an entrepreneurial mindset across UNC Charlotte campus. Participants in the program will be awarded a stipend to receive training in entrepreneurial mindset to develop courses and collaborate across campus in areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization. This interdisciplinary program is intended for full-time faculty at UNC Charlotte that identify as female or another underrepresented minority. Ventureprise seeks faculty with a desire to incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship teaching into their coursework and other activities.

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Ventureprise Launch

Ventureprise Launch is designed for both UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff as well as community startups. The platform consists of a university program (NSF I-Corps) and a program for community startups (NC IDEA). Ventureprise Launch is best described as a boot-camp for innovators and is designed to challenge participants at every turn.

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Ventureprise Summer Accelerator

Ventureprise Summer Accelerator has been created to provide program alumni the opportunity to participate in a summer labs program focused on business model development, piloting and data collection to get to the next level of business formation, scaling and funding. 

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49er Foundry

The 49er Foundry Incubator Program is UNC Charlotte's student business incubator program to help students launch and grow innovative ideas and ventures. We have programming, mentoring, pitch competitions to expand engagement of students and faculty in social impact, entrepreneurship and research commercialization.

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49er Foundry Summer Accelerator

49er Foundry Summer Accelerator has been created to provide students the opportunity to participate in a summer labs program focused on customer discovery, lean model canvas, piloting and data collection to get to the next level of business formation.

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Small Bites and Insights

This series features 30 minute interviews with campus departments and resources across. For each show, Ventureprise talks with faculty and students from several colleges and departments, giving you insight into how their programs, ideas and research collaborate with Ventureprise to make an impact not only on campus, but in the community, region and beyond. 

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