Upcoming Events

April 2018

JavaScript 101 (part 3 of 3)

Monday, April 23 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., Charlotte, NC

JavaScript is an Object Oriented Programming language that is primarily used to make web pages interactive (though it can be used to run databases, mobile apps, and even robotics). It is also the most popular programming language in the world! Why is it so popular? Because it runs in all browsers, or client side, so it’s functionality works on all devices with a browser. This gets rid of our need for server requests and makes web apps much, much faster. JavaScript is growing everyday, and is becoming a ubiquitous language across all platforms.

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Strategy Matters: 3 Market Analysis Priorities to Drive Porfitability

Tuesday, April 24 @ 8:15am-12:00pm
Gaston College Kimbrall Campus, 7220 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC


If you only analyze financial statements, you are probably missing many opportunities to increase profitability and cash flow. In this session, you will learn a Profit Sizing™ process involving three key types of market analysis areas:

1) Business offerings;
2) Market segments; and
3) Geographic pockets .

Developed through 30 years of studying entrepreneurial enterprises, this session brings new thinking around profitability that encompasses an inside-out-look, leading to better strategic decisions and profits. You will walk away with an analysis tool you can immediately put to use that will improve your organization’s promotional strategy, marketing concentration, price justification, operational decisions and cash flow.

Topics discussed:
• Take product analysis beyond net margin and volume pricing
• Analyze business offerings for more effective bundling or promotional advantage
• Discuss how internal efficiency factors influence profitability
• Gain better insights into how to classify offerings as core, value-added or for potential elimination
• Identify key factors that could shift your market segment priorities
• Justify the decision to shift your priority to more profitable customers
• Identify geographic pockets for competitive advantage and better strategic decisions

Presenter & Panel Moderator:

Sherre’ DeMao, CGS

Author, Me, Myself & Inc., 50 Marketing Secrets of Growth Companies in Down Economic Times, and The Profitability Quotient (to be released in 2018)

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StartupBus 2018

Saturday, April 28 @ 12:00pm-2:00pm
Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., #101 Charlotte,NC

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May 2018

Charlotte Venture Challenge

Tuesday, May 1 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm
UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St., Charlotte, NC 28202

The 2018 Charlotte Venture Challenge will focus on Ventureprise Launch participants and showcase these innovation based ventures from the Charlotte community and UNC Charlotte researchers and students. The event will feature a keynote by NC IDEA Foundation President Thom Ruhe, followed by a panel of local startups that have received foundation funding. A reception will follow where participating ventures will showcase their innovations.

Register by Friday, April 27th.

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1 Million Cups Charlotte

Wednesday, May 2 @ 8:30am-10:30am
CPCC Professional Hall Building,  Charlotte, NC 28202


1 Million Cups is a free national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

The Charlotte Community Event happens on the first Wednesday morning of every month and you’re invited!

Innovate Charlotte VMS Gathering featuring Mac Lackey

Wednesday, May 2 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm
Innovate Charlotte Venture Hub, 223 S. Brevard St., Charlotte, NC 28202


Are you thinking of launching a startup or scaling your business? Questions on raising capital or selling your company? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a team of seasoned mentors to help you?

Innovate Charlotte is launching is a team mentorship program based on renowned MIT VMS methodology. As a participating company, you will get access to a diverse pool of experience, perspectives and opinions. You will have the ability to grow your team of mentors based on the evolving needs of your venture, as well as access to a wider pool of potential contacts in the community. The Innovate Charlotte VMS program is tailored to fit each entrepreneur’s needs, with actionable advice exchanged during each meeting.

Serial entrepreneur and Charlotte resident Mac Lackey will join us for the evening to share his own experiences with mentorship and entrepreneurship. Having built and sold five companies and raised over $75 million in capital, Mac is a passionate entrepreneur who has spent over 20 years in the trenches and front lines of startups.

At our evening session, you will also get an opportunity to meet other mentors and entrepreneurs from the community. For more information, or to learn more about how you can get a team of mentors or become a mentor, visit our website.

What makes Innovate Charlotte VMS a great opportunity?

  1. 20 years of experience and backed by the MIT VMS brand.
  2. Safe environment for companies. All mentors sign blanked NDAs. Soliciting business from mentees is prohibited. As a result, an environment is created where entrepreneurs can be sure that they are getting unbiased advice.
  3. Mentors don’t have to worry about administrative issues. Most of the administrative burden of scheduling meetings and coordination is going to be conducted by the Innovate Charlotte team. This allows mentors to fully focus on mentoring.
  4. Consistent Quality Control. INCLT VMS uses a team of mentors, which helps to ensure that entrepreneurs are not getting one-sided guidance. There is a lead mentor role who ensures that the discussion is focused on the needs of the entrepreneur. We encourage a strong feedback loop built for ongoing improvement of the program.
  5. Narrow focus. At the pilot stage, our focus is on companies that are innovation-driven, have some validation and potential for high impact. They must also be local and still relatively early stage. Our goal is to increase the number of fundable companies in Charlotte.


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PitchBreakfast: Monthly Pitch Event

Wednesday, May 9 @ 8:00am-9:30am
Packard Place, 222 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28203

Join us on Wednesday, May 9th as we feature 4 local startups. Each company will have 5 minutes (with slides) to pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from our expert panel and audience.

Audience members will find value in hearing how other startups pitch, what types of feedback (both positive and negative) they receive, and of course seeing some of Charlotte’s up-and-coming startups while networking with other entrepreneurs and startup community leaders over breakfast. Networking begins at 8am and pitches begin at 8:15. Breakfast and coffee is provided by our sponsors.

PitchBreakfast gives startups an opportunity to practice their investor pitch in a safe and supportive environment. Interested in pitching at PitchBreakfast? Apply on our website here (http://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

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Demystifying the Patent Process

Wednesday, May 9 @ 3:00pm-4:00pm
Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Calling all innovators!

Think you have something patentable but aren’t sure? Wonder if
you should consider seeking patent protection for your invention?
Don’t have a clue where to start?

Join us for this highly informative workshop that will demystify the patent process for you.

What will be covered:
– The practicalities and definitions of patent types
– When to know that you have something patentable
– The importance of formulating a patent strategy and why
– The process nuts and bolts of the U.S. Patent and Trademark
– Timing expectations after a patent is filed, and follow-on action
items to monitor
– Your IP future: building a patent portfolio and why

A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

This workshop will be led by John Sotomayor, Patent Attorney and
Co-Founder of SotoIP (www.sotoip.com).

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Packard Place Public House (formerly #CLTStartupSocial)

Wednesday, May 16 @ 5:30pm- 7:30pm
The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Public Houses are where people used to gather to grab a pint and talk about events of the day. It was how people communicate, collaborate and shared ideas because they were public and open to everyone. Over time, they shorten the name to Pubs. Join us for our Monthly Packard Place Public House – for pints, networking, and sharing what’s going on with you.

This month we will be enjoying the spring weather and uptown views from our 2nd floor balcony! Hope to see you there!

Joules Accelerator: Charlotte Innovation Ecosystem Breakfast Announcing Class 3

Thursday, May 17 @ 8:30am- 9:30am
Innovate Charlotte Venture Hub, 223 S. Brevard St., Charlotte, NC

Breakfast with Charlotte Innovation Ecosystem, hosted by CRFE/Innovate Charlotte (Brevard Street Innovation Hub)

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Ignite Charlotte 8

Thursday, May 17 @ 6:00pm- 9:00pm
GRACE ON BREVARD, 219 South Brevard St., Charlotte, NC


Ignite Charlotte 8, an evening of networking followed by a series of 5-minute talks by community members who have a personal or professional passion about an idea they are willing to share. Each selected speaker will use 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds during their presentation and all talks will be void of a sales pitch.

Ignite Charlotte 8 will take place on Thursday, May 17th at Grace on Brevard, 219 South Bevard Street, in Uptown Charlotte. Our Icebreaker Contest will take place at Innovate Charlottestarting at 6pm. Talks start at 7pm.

We regularly post announcements about the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes! Ignite Charlotte 8 is open to ages 18 and up. ID required at the time of bar purchase.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Convention Center Light Rail Stop 1.5 blocks away. FREE on-street parking starts at 6pm. Pay-To-Park lots available, pricing different at each lot.

Where will the Icebreaker Contest be held?

Icebreaker Contest and check-in will be held in Innovate Charlotte’s one-story, glass building located right next door to Grace on Brevard at 218 South Brevard Street.

What can I bring into the event?

Your groovy, positive energy. No outside food or beverages thanks.

Techstars Experience: 3 Female Founders Share Their Story

Friday, May 18 @ 4:00pm- 6:00pm
Camp North End Hygge, 1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC

Late last year, three Charlotte startups earned a spot in the class of 2018 for Techstars Austin, a three-month, mentor-driven accelerator program that helps founders do more, faster.

Those three startups are all founded and led by women.

Since January, they have been hard at work transforming their companies. In just a few short weeks, they will be back — and they have graciously offered to share all the nitty-gritty details of the experience with their fellow members of the Charlotte startup community.

We hope you’ll join us for an in-depth conversation about the Techstars experience — from unexpected challenges and roadblocks to the thrills of business breakthroughs. Plus, we’re dying to know just how hard it was to be away from the Queen City for 12 long weeks. See you there!

Panelists include:

– Dina Carey – Founder, Milkful

– Haley Bohon – Founder, Skillpop

– Meggie Williams – Founder, The Waggle Company


Mary Johnson, Editor, StartCharlotte and Founder, Brave New Word

Presented by StartCharlotte & Hygge Coworking

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