Charlotte Venture Challenge 2012


Applications due


Competition Organizer

UNC Charlotte's Charlotte Research Institute

Local US Event
Charlotte, NC
Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Other
  • Specialized Industries
Who's Eligible

Open to ventures headquartered in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as college students enrolled in schools in the same geographical area. Companies should be early-stage with a scaleable business concept that has high growth potential. 

The competition consists of six categories: 

  1. New Energy and High Technology
  2. IT and Informatics
  3. Life Sciences & Biotechnology
  4. Consumer Products and Services
  5. Student Ventures
  6. Social Enterprises
Important Dates

Opportunity Assessment Applications are due on February 29th, 2012. Semi-finals will take place on March 20, 2012. Finalists will be announced following this event, and one-on-one mentoring will take place on March 26 - April 19, 2012. The Charlotte Venture Challenge Finals will take place on April 19, 2012

Competition Prizes

Prize money totals will top $100,000 this year. 

Other Info

Formerly known as Five Ventures, the Charlotte Venture Challenge has been renamed to encompass a broader mission: to establish a nationally significant competition that accelerates the growth of scalable new ventures in the Charlotte region and builds recognition of Charlotte as an innovation center.