Start Charlotte

Start Charlotte

StartCharlotte’s mission is to connect the Charlotte startup community and to be the one-stop-shop for startup information. We do this by shining a spotlight on local entrepreneurship and acting as the local startup megaphone – telling the stories behind Charlotte founders and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year we’ll host events to connect our community of founders, funders, volunteers, and advisors.


Charlotte Chamber

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

The Charlotte Chamber is a membership, volunteer-led organization.

Vision
By engaging the power of all who believe in Charlotte, we create the greatest economy for business success.

   

Mission
Connect, innovate and grow opportunity for all who do business in Charlotte.

We deliver on our mission through our Book of Work – a list of specific, strategic goals renewed annually with input from our members. Our accomplishments each year and our Program of Work for the coming year are highlighted here.

Connect for progress

  • In order to serve as the voice of our business community, we’re making sure everyone is heard.
  • We’re a group as diverse as the perspectives we bring and when we come together and celebrate what makes us different, we inspire the kind of dialogue that can carry us all forward.

Innovate for the future

  • We take an innovative, progressive lens to the status quo to identify new roads to the future.
  • We’re focused on closing the wealth gap by improving upward mobility, and supporting our region’s growth by exploring how to modernize and expand critical infrastructure elements.

Grow economic opportunity

  • Economic growth is vital to our community and the more we create, the more shared success we enjoy.
  • That’s why we’re driving towards economic progress in Charlotte, while also broadening our focus to support business development in the Greater North Carolina region as well.

Navigating the ins and outs of the chamber can seem overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered. Download the Chamber Roadmap for an overview of the chamber’s programs and services and tips on how to get involved and grow your business.

Visit our Leadership page for more information on our executive committee, board of directors and bylaws.

View the Charlotte Chamber’s privacy policy.


Charlotte Angel Fund

Charlotte Angel Fund

Charlotte Angel Fund invests in early stage companies throughout North Carolina and contiguous states.

Our members are individuals who are residents of or have interests in the Charlotte area, and who wish to invest at an early stage in promising companies with strong management teams and compelling business opportunities in large markets.

We made our first investment in December 2014.  In October 2016 we closed our first fund to new members, and in February 2017 received our first members into Charlotte Angel Fund II.

The funds are structured as member-managed groups, meaning that the membership makes investment decisions on behalf of the fund. In addition to the capital invested by the fund, members may invest additional capital on a deal by deal basis based upon their individual preferences.

Our Administrator, Greg Brown, is responsible for generating deal flow, serving as the primary point of contact for existing and prospective members and handling the administrative responsibilities of the funds. Governance is provided by a Board of Directors which is also responsible for the approval of new members.


SVP Charlotte

Social Venture Partners Charlotte

What We Do

Our Mission

Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization passionately attacking the issue of social and economic inequality in Charlotte through venture philanthropy.

How Do We Do This? We Go Beyond Philanthropy.

SVP is committed to doing more than giving away money. Locally and globally, SVP amplifies impact in three distinct ways:

  1. Connecting and engaging individuals, helping them make the greatest impact with their philanthropic giving.
  2. Funding and strengthening nonprofits and their vital community work.
  3. Investing in collaborative solutions so those individuals and organizations working for and toward common causes and goals can align their efforts and go further together.

In Charlotte, SVP embodies these global commitments through

  1. Deep, committed investments into local nonprofits or Investees.
  2. SEED20, an annual pitch competition for Charlotte-area social nonprofits.
  3. Issue Committees, small to medium-sized groups of SVP Partners that conduct deep research on focused areas of Charlotte’s community landscape.


TEDx Charlotte

Technology, Entertainment and Design

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.

In fact, everything we do — from our TED Talk videos to the projects sparked by the TED Prize, from the global TEDx community to the TED-Ed lesson series — is driven by this goal: How can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED. Learn about TEDx event types.


TA5

Tech After Five

We create meaningful connections through live, face to face networking events

We think trust is built by meeting people face to face. We are NOT CONTENT to be just another networking event.
We want to help YOU make meaningful, lasting connections. That’s why we offer livefacilitated, networking events in every city, every month. You may need a new partner, supplier, investor, or talentWe want to help with that.
Are you looking for work in the tech sector? We want to help with that, too.


The Garage at Packard Place

Packard Place

Packard Places’ mission has always been to “Put Charlotte First” and is one of the most successful social entrepreneurship projects in Charlotte’s history.  The non profit mission of the Garage at Packard Place has allowed our entrepreneurial community to blossom and grow since 2010.  We have partnered with dozens of community groups to weave our community together and directly helped launch many of the companies that are now the pillars of our growing community.


SCORE

Service Corps of Retired Executives

Charlotte SCORE is a Vital Part of the Business Community

Established in 1965, the Charlotte SCORE chapter has over 75 certified mentors that provide free one on one mentoring to business owners and entrepreneurs in the greater Charlotte area.

Our main office is in the SouthPark Mall area, but we also can meet in the Lake Norman and Ballantyne areas.

The chapter offers free one on one mentoring, low cost or free workshops, and access to free on line tools and webinars.

SCORE teams provide counseling designed to assist your business to:

  • Increase the value of the business by growing sales, earnings, and cash flow
  • Identify and solve operating problems -develop business plans
  • Access to funding
  • Also assist non-profits in formation and in improving their operations


CSL

City Startup Labs

ENTREPRENEURS OF THE CSL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

City Startup Labs conducts a Center of Excellence, where African American millennials learn how to research, plan, launch and operate their own ventures. While they learn about what it takes to start a successful venture, they also learn a lot about themselves along the way.

Find out more about our latest class of entrepreneurs…


QC Fintech

Queen City Fintech

Why We Do What We Do

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRACTION

The sales cycle for B2B fintech products averages anywhere from six to twelve months. Gaining traction with a B2C fintech product can be even tougher as the space becomes increasingly crowded. Queen City Fintech partners with some of the largest financial institutions and tech and service providers in the world, providing access to executive level members of said institutions. Facilitating relationships between fintech startups and our banking partners creates value for all parties. Building relationships is the primary objective of the Queen City Fintech accelerator program.

CHARLOTTE IS A GLOBAL BANKING HUB

Queen City Fintech selects fintech companies with technology or customer acquisition models strategically aligned with our banking partners. As such we maintain a ‘wide tent’ definition of fintech. Here are some segments of the broader fintech sector we find particularly interesting:

 

Cybersecurity・Regulation and Compliance Tech・Payments Tech・Specialty Lending・Capital Markets Tech・Blockchain Applications to Banking Processes・Cryptocurrency・Banking SaaS/PaaS Solutions・Digital Identity・B2B2C Financial Tools・Insurtech・Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI