Building a big business out of nanoscopic molecules

Margaret Kocherga describes herself as an “accidental entrepreneur.”  Kocherga’s background is in academic scientific research, and it was her PhD advisor who first brought up an idea of a startup.…

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Conversation with Innovate Charlotte’s New Executive Director

Back in November, Innovate Charlotte got a new executive director. You’re just hearing from him now because, for the past four months, Juan Garzón has been hard at work.  In a non-pandemic world, he…

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Inside one founder’s experience with the INCLT Venture Mentoring Service

By Mary Johnson, INCLT VMS Mentee In building my business, my business has always come last. Mary Johnson, INCLT Mentee It doesn’t make a lot of sense, when you think about it. If I want growth and…

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McKinsey provides support to INCLT mentees

The Day of Service is a company-wide initiative at McKinsey in which employees are given opportunities to make a positive impact. There are inspirational speakers, volunteer opportunities in their…

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From hopeless to hopeful: An INCLT Pivot Story

At the beginning of the pandemic, “survive” was the word on everyone’s minds.  Six months later, we now know survival isn’t enough. We must rethink our old ways of doing business. We must pivot. That…

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Finding beauty in the pivot

In many ways, “pivot” has become the defining word of the pandemic. We’ve had to pivot the way we parent, the way we work, the way we learn, the way we lead. While change has always been constant, it…

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Devin Collins presenting

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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