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Guide to the Charlotte Startup Community

This guide is intended to be a starting point for anyone interested in the local entrepreneurship scene, whether you’re new to Charlotte, new to the startup scene, or just want to get a refresher and stay up-to-date. It is a work-in-progress, so please let us know what we’re missing, what is outdated, and what needs to be recategorized. Drop us a line at info@startcharlotte.com.

Here are some quick links so that you can jump down to any category:

Companies | Media | People | Events | Groups | Resources | Accelerators | Workspaces | Funding | Learning

Charlotte's Unicorns

In the startup world, a unicorn is a private company with a valuation over $1 billion. Read the Charlotte Business Journal’s coverage of unicorns in Charlotte.

Notable Companies

Early-stage, established, or acquired, these companies have all made an impact on the Charlotte startup scene. As such, they play an important role in our ecosystem. Below are a few of the startups you can find in our community that have gone on to raise funding. This is by no means a complete list. You can find these and more Charlotte companies on our Twitter list.

Media

There are various outlets that tell founder stories, introduce you to local happenings, and report on news that’s of interest locally and across the region.

People to Follow (On Twitter)

These are some of the local founders, investors, and community builders that help make up our startup ecosystem. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather a starting point for people with an active Twitter account that you can follow. You can find the people below and more on our Twitter list of people to follow.

Garth Moulton
Co-Founder, Jigsaw

Daniel Friel
Co-Founder, Nikia Dx

Mark McDowell
Investor, Entrepreneur, Engineer

Monthly Events

Now that you are connected online with some startup leaders, it’s time to get out and use those networking skills. Charlotte has a variety of events and communities where you can meet like-minded people, swap ideas and collaborate. This is a list of events and communities that you definitely want to check out soon.

Annual Events/Conferences

Some events come just once a year. Here’s a sampling of local and regional events of interest to the startup community.

Groups and Organizations

There are other groups and organizations that host events and provide resources to the community.

Resources

Some organizations are affiliated with the state, city, and other municipal and commercial entities.

Startup Friendly Vendors

We’ll be adding some startup-friendly service providers including development companies, law firms, CPAs, and more. Each vendor will be required to have 3 startup references. For more information, email us at info@startcharlotte.com.

Accelerators & Incubators

Looking for a structured mentoring program to assist you with the basics your business? Charlotte is home to several mentoring and accelerator programs. The list includes Charlotte-based programs and regional accelerators that target Charlotte companies. We’ve also included SEED20, an accelerator-like program for nonprofits. 

Coworking Spaces

Charlotte is home to several coworking facilities and other workspaces, which gives you a wide variety to choose from when working from home just isn’t getting you where you want to be.  Whether you want a high-rise building with a view, convenient parking or a dog-friendly environment, you can certainly find something that fits your needs with these options. Take tours, meet the other members, ask as many questions as you can to find a space that will work for you.

Angel Funding

Whether based in Charlotte or in the region but service Charlotte companies, the following angel groups support early stage investors.

Venture Funding

In addition to angel groups, these venture funds support growing startups in the Charlotte area.

Other Funding

Keep up to date with these local funding opportunities and their deadlines. Many have a few cycles per year and an application process that you need to take time to complete. Take advantage of these are non-dilutive funding sources when possible.

Bootcamps and Workshops

There are so many opportunities to learn coding, design, and more in a non-traditional format. Today, workshop series and bootcamps are supporting entrepreneurs who desire an immersive, vocational learning experience.

Colleges & Universities

We are lucky to have several educational options for associates, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the Charlotte areas. Whether you are looking to get your degree or hire employees/interns, the colleges and universities below are great partners.

If you know of any resource that should be on this page, please let us know!