About Innovate Charlotte

Innovate Charlotte has a vision to have a dynamic and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem within the Greater Charlotte Area.

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Innovate Charlotte is governed by leaders in the region's business, government, and entrepreneurial community. Our mission is to connect entrepreneurial initiatives, activities, and strategic relationships to cultivate a better ecosystem for the benefit  of all Charlotteans.

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Innovate Charlotte is the execution arm of the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship that was launched in 2017.

Building on the seed funding received from the CRFE, the Innovate Charlotte will continue to grow its pool of resources that ensure a welcoming and thriving environment for entrepreneurs.

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The Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship

The CRFE is a charitable fund aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting increased innovation, improving development of high-growth entrepreneurs, and ultimately increasing job creation.

Founded in 2013 as a public-private initiative between the city of Charlotte and the Foundation For The Carolinas, the CRFE is a non-profit, 501c3 entity.

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Innovate Charlotte Mentorship program  is supported by NC IDEA FOUNDATION.

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CRFE Study

Mapping the Ecosystem

An in-depth look at the Charlotte region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the programs that impact high growth entrepreneurs.


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The Charlotte Region Entrepreneurial and Growth Index

The first systematic effort to measure Charlotte’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and is designed to provide two specific outcomes.

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Become a catalyst for entrepreneurship in the Charlotte region with a gift to the CRFE/Innovate Charlotte.  Contact us to learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, click below to donate.


Learn more about what's happening with Innovate Charlotte and how we are engaging with the startup ecosystem.

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