Ventureprise, A center for UNC Charlotte’s innovators and entrepreneurs serves the campus and the region


Ventureprise is UNC Charlotte’s innovation and entrepreneurship center serving the campus and the region. It accelerates university technology commercialization through its National Science Foundation I-Corps Site program. The 49er Foundry student business incubator offers UNC Charlotte student entrepreneurs coaching and networking in a co-working space in the beautiful PORTAL building. Regional innovation-driven entrepreneurs accelerate customer discovery and business model generation through participation in the Ventureprise Launch cohort initiative. The annual Charlotte Venture Challenge features the region’s most promising early-stage innovation-based enterprises.


Market Research

If you’ve got an innovation that could serve national and global markets, it’s important to undergo customer discovery and validations before you create your business plan. Ventureprise Launch, supported by NC IDEA, is a cohort-based, selective initiative that guides entrepreneurs through customer discovery and business model generation. Learn more to determine if this is right you!


If you’re a UNC Charlotte entrepreneurial student or faculty member with a big idea, be sure to check out the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site Program at UNC Charlotte which is operated by Ventureprise, as well as the Ventureprise Launch program. Both of these programs support UNC Charlotte’s students and faculty members by guiding their ideas through the commercialization process. Learn more about commercializing your technology with Ventureprise!

Business Advisory and Incubation

NSF I-Corps Site Program – Do you have a big product idea, but not sure how to get a prototype? Check in with the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Site program at UNC Charlotte, which is operated by Venturprise. This program guides researchers through customer discovery and business model creation to bring promising inventions to the market. This is a selective program open is to UNC Charlotte and area college/university faculty, student researchers and select researchers. Learn more about this program, and if it is right for you.

49er Foundry Student Business Incubator – Calling all UNC studentprenuers! The 49er Foundry Student Business Incubator supports new ventures launch by eligible UNC Charlotte students through coaching, connections, and co-working space in the University’s PORTAL building. If you’re UNC Charlotte student and are interested in applying, click here!

Ventureprise Launch Program – Have a technology concept that you think could make it through the commercialization process? The Ventureprise Launch program is designed to assess opportunities and help innovators through commercialization. A bootcamp for innovators, this program will challenge participants at every turn. Find out if you’re eligible and request an application!


Real Estate Search

Business owners seeking to leverage university resources can consider locating in the PORTAL Innovation Center operated by the Charlotte Research Institute. To learn more, contact them via phone at 704 687-5690 or visit them online.




PORTAL Building, Suite 252
Charlotte, NC 28223

(704) 687-0900



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