Charlotte Venture Challenge 2015

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The 2016 Southeast Venture Conference will take place at Le Méridien Charlotte, NC, 555 South McDowell Street, North Tower • Charlotte, NC 28204 | 704-372-9610

The dates are March 31st thru April 1st.

You can see the agenda and other items of possible interest by clicking here.


We are seeking student and non-student Start-ups to participate in the 14th annual Charlotte Venture Challenge in partnership with the Southeast Venture Conference. Applications are open until Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at noon.  

We are really excited about the partnership this year with SEVC, which will give startups access to 600+ investors and numerous Fortune 500 innovation executives. The event will also feature great speakers, including Steve Wozniak “The Woz”, Co-founder of Apple and Scott Kupor Managing Partner of the $4billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.   

The CVC is the Southeast’s largest startup competition, annually attracting over 100 startups that compete for investor attention and customer discovery opportunities by large corporate companies. There are also CASH prizes! The competition is open to University spin-outs (30+ Universities in 2014) and regional non-student startups.

The CVC finals will take place on March 31st in Charlotte, NC. Finalists participate in an Innovation Driven Enterprise Showcase where investors and potential customers (Fortune 500 Corporations) are pitted against each other to choose the winner.

Applications Due: March 3, 2016 by noon
Visit the 2016 CVC website to apply.  

Applicants Enter One of Six Categories:

  1. New Energy and High Technology – Description: Advanced, clean and sustainable energy and other high tech companies including materials sciences, aerospace, etc.
  2. IT and Informatics – Description: Computer software, information systems, computer hardware, SAAS, financial technologies, web applications and informatics.
  3. Health IT & Biotechnology – Description: Health IT, Wearables, Internet of Things health related, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, biotechnology, biomedical devices and other similar fields.
  4. General  – Description: Innovative consumer products and services including inventions, unique retail models, specialty consumer services, consumer apps, internet of things, and other similar companies.
  5. Graduate Student Ventures – Description: Early-stage grad student (Masters and PhD) companies as defined in category eligibility section.
  6. Undergraduate Student Ventures – Description: Early-stage undergrad student companies (All team members are undergraduates) as defined in category eligibility section.

View UNC Charlotte's press release for more information.


About Charlotte Venture Challenge

In 2001, the Five Ventures Business Innovation Competition was founded with the goal of helping early-stage UNC Charlotte businesses grow. Since those early days and through the support of UNC Charlotte’s Charlotte Research Institute, Office of Technology Transfer and Belk College of Business sponsors, service providers and a number of dedicated partners, the competition has grown into a region-wide economic development competition attracting companies from all over the Southeast. Since the first competition, over 200 start-ups have made it to the finals where experts from our community have mentored them. Alumni companies have gone on to raise over $40 million in venture capital and have continued to gain national and international attention. The competition’s name was changed in 2012 to the Charlotte Venture Challenge.

About CRI

The Charlotte Research Institute, part of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, helps the region's economy by facilitating partnerships between the University's applied research programs and government agencies, industry and academia.