About Us

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.


Each week, we will profile a different company or founder and share their stories of success, failure, and other lessons learned. We also aggregate weekly startup news from various sources and share upcoming events.


Our signature events include the monthly Intro to the Startup Community, Founders & Funders Happy Hour, and StartCharlotte LIVE, our annual startup community awards.


As we build out the site, we will share resources for startups including a calendar of events, funding sources, service providers, co-working spaces, a job board, and more.

The Team

Juan Garzon – Founder & Editor

Juan Garzon is the Founder and Editor of StartCharlotte. He is also the Executive Director of PitchBreakfast and a messaging strategist with his firm, the Garzon Company, where he helps entrepreneurs and organizations grow through the power of story.

David Stunja – Lead Contributor

Passionate about turning innovative ideas into products and connecting like-minded people. Constantly DIYing, supporting Penn State and Chelsea football, and advocating for tequila.

Laura Smailes – Project Manager


Contribute a guest post or volunteer at an event.

StartCharlotte would not exist if not for the support of individuals who are committed to seeing the Charlotte entrepreneurial ecosystem grow. We are open to featuring guest posts and freelance contributions that fit our audience, specifically ones that offer helpful information or news for startups and entrepreneurs.

Please contact us along with a paragraph description, phone number, and email address for possible guest posts.

Other opportunities include helping with events, social media, promotion, and community building.

Fill out this form to signup for other volunteer opportunities.