Ventureprise — Helping Founders with Customer Discovery

At INCLT, we’re committed to connecting entrepreneurs to all the helpful resources the Queen City has to offer. One such resource is Ventureprise — UNC Charlotte’s entrepreneurship and innovation…

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Founder stories — Why Leaf Burrito is charging forward as the world is pushing pause

It’s been nearly three years since Innovate Charlotte launched with a mission to support the community of entrepreneurs in the Queen City, and here we are, in the midst of the most challenging crisis…

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Founder stories — Whystle

It’s been nearly three years since Innovate Charlotte launched with a mission to support the community of entrepreneurs in the Queen City, and here we are, in the midst of the most challenging crisis…

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Meet Summer 2020 Class of INCLT Mentees

There’s a story behind every startup.  The highs and lows each founder experiences has a tremendous impact on their vision and, ultimately, their success. At Innovate Charlotte, we see that…

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Getting to know Mark Steinman

When Mark Steinman retired from corporate America, he wanted to give back to the business community. He just didn’t know where to begin.  “I began looking around town, and I was just astounded by the…

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Mentorship in a time of crisis: Our Q&A with David Jones

With the right mindset, a crisis can be an opportunity. There is no greater time to learn, plan and change. For David Jones, it was a chance to thrive.  During the Great Recession, Jones was CEO of…

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The impact of COVID-19 on Charlotte’s entrepreneurs

On a mission to do what’s never been done before, entrepreneurs sometimes face obstacles they’ve never seen before. For many of our mentees, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic uncertainty…

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INCLT’s Keith Luedeman on how COVID-19 is transforming startup life as we knew it 

Less than a week before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and pushed much of the Queen City into a new and uncertain normal, Keith Luedeman and I met for coffee at…

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Understanding the difference: independent contractors vs. employees

(Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is not intended as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney and/or tax professional before hiring independent contractors or employees.)…

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Charlotte’s late-stage funding success stories — and how we can create more of them

There comes a point in the life of some startups when you need serious money to pursue next-level growth. You have an established business, a track record of success, revenue. Now you’re looking for…

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