Three female founders going big in finance, music and STEM are joining INCLT VMS

Abi Olukeye is a self-described STEMinist and the founder of Raising Smart Girls, a platform to help get girls interested in STEM. Priya Malani is the founder of Stash Wealth, a financial planning…

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Why mentorship matters

Leslie Vander Baan, Andrew Tucker and Dan Comisar Leslie Vander Baan has been there. She’s built and exited two businesses. She’s bootstrapped and raised money. She’s struggled and succeeded. And…

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The entrepreneurial accelerator no one is talking about

And why that’s about to change When you’re a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the first rule is, you can’t talk about the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The conversations that happen when the…

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Inside a growing movement to help black women entrepreneurs find success in the Queen City

Last month, a group of nearly 70 black female entrepreneurs (and a few men) gathered in the space occupied by Dupp & Swat at Camp North End.  Photo provided by Davita Galloway It was referred to…

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The Programs, People And Platforms Behind Charlotte’s Entrepreneurial Growth

This spring, the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at UNC Charlotte launched an initiative designed to serve those at the very beginning of the entrepreneurial process. It’s…

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The transformation of Keith Luedeman: from entrepreneur to entrepreneurial leader

A lot has changed for Keith Luedeman since he sold his startup, GoodMortgage.com, back in 2016 and stepped away from the day-to-day. Contrary to what you might think about life post-startup, he…

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Getting on board — How INCLT is preparing startups and seasoned leaders for mentorship success

The Innovate Charlotte (INCLT) Venture Mentoring Service looks very different today than it did just over a year ago, when the program officially launched in the Queen City. For one, INCLT has…

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The powerhouse women coaching the next generation of Queen City entrepreneurs

Women are a vital force in Charlotte’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. They are starting companies and building businesses and growing successful careers. And now, thanks to the  Innovate Charlotte’s…

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Meet the new class of startups looking to take advantage of INCLT’s post-pilot mentorship program

Wendy Hickey, the founder of ArtPop Street Gallery, is at a pivot point in her journey of building a sustainable organization. Kevin Giriunas, the founder of Advent Coworking, wants to find the…

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Then and now: Inside the evolution of INCLT’s mentorship program

Fabio Ayala is an entrepreneur on track for growth in the Queen City. Fabio Ayala, VizlaTech The founder of VizlaTech, a tech startup building a platform that makes construction plans accessible to…

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