Upcoming Events

June 2019


Thursday, June 27th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

Savoy Apartments, 650 East Stonewall St., Charlotte, NC

MAZE Services X WHATSHETECHS cordially invite you to attend the official launch party of MAZE Services at Charlotte’s chicest uptown residences, SAVOY MIDRISE APARTMENTS in the City Room on Thursday, June 27th from 6-8PM.

Come dressed in your most fashion-forward attire to mingle with some of Charlotte’s leading female entrepreneurs and women in tech in the area. Our host, Criseida Rico of WHATSHETECHS, will be moderating a panel discussion with Macie Mata and Samonica Ngo, Founders of MAZE Services about their startup journey from idea to launch date.

Grab a seat at the braid bar, catch a quick touchup at the mini mani bar, grab a cocktail and some sweets and join us for a fun-filled evening of business talk and empowering the next generation of Women in Tech!

More info and RSVP here

July 2019

1 Million Cups CLT

Wednesday, July 3rd @ 8:30am-10:00am
CPCC Professional Hall Building, Charlotte, NC

Are you a business owner, entrepreneur or business advisor? Join 1 Million Cups Charlotte and plug into the largest entrepreneurial community in the Queen City! Try to attend regularly – consistency gives better value! First Wednesday of every month…just create a recurring event in your calendar. New, different, and exciting presentations each time!

You’ll meet like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners who understand just how difficult it is to start and grow your own business. Discover new ways to grow and new opportunities for partnership. There is a good mix of regular attendees, and visitors.

Membership is free, here’s what you’ll gain:

• Connections in an entrepreneurial community of over 800 members
• Insight on how other businesses are positioning and promoting themselves for growth
• Opportunity to use and refine your “elevator pitch” for your own business via networking
• Clarity and inspiration through Think Tank activities to brainstorm and problem-solve as a group
• Opportunities for collaboration and partnership
• Free coffee AND snacks, and great conversation with entrepreneurs and business advisors

Interested in Pitching your Startup or Business Concept?

We want to hear from you! 1MC Charlotte is focused on providing a welcoming setting for early-stage entrepreneurship. If you are a startup, less than 3 years in business and in the Charlotte area, you can apply to present your startup or business concept at 1MillionCups.com/Charlotte (https://www.1millioncups.com/charlotte).

More info and RSVP here


Wednesday, July 10th @ 8:00am-9:30am

The Garage at Packard Place, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC

Join us on Wednesday, July 10th as we feature 3 local startups for our quarterly IDEA Pitch. IDEA PITCH is a special format for PitchBreakfast with IDEA Fund Partners participating as panelists that occurs once a quarter. IDEA Fund Partners is one of the most active seed and early stage venture investors in NC and throughout the Southeast. We use almost the same recipe as our usual event, but instead of the full presentation, our panelists want to see a 2 minute elevator pitch.

As Lister Delgado says, “if you can’t get my attention in two minutes, you’ll never do your full presentation!” We’re very proud to have this event in the Charlotte area. Each company will have 2 minutes (no 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/).

For startups looking to pitch, this is an amazing opportunity for:

• Seed-stage and series A level tech startups looking to raise a round of funding

• Early-stage tech startups looking for some feedback on their business model (must at least have MVP)

This is NOT for:

• Entrepreneurs with just an idea and no development yet

• “Lifestyle” companies (ex. bars/restaurants, crafts, hobbyists, MLMs) -“A lifestyle business is a business that is set up and run by its founders primarily with the aim of sustaining a particular level of income and no more; or to provide a foundation from which to enjoy a particular lifestyle.”

Interested in pitching at PitchBreakfast? Apply on our website here (http://www.pitchbreakfast.com/pitch/).

RSVP here

Tech Talks on Bootstraps to Billions: Building a Great Company from Scratch

Tuesday, July 16th @ 12:00pm-1:30pm

Advent Coworking, 933 Louise Ave., #101, Charlotte, NC

Chris Elmore was a millionaire at age 28…For six weeks. The first tech company he started fell like a lead balloon. He dusted himself off and with four other guys started a tech company that went from $0.00 in revenue, three product failures to thousands of employees and a $1.4 Billion-dollar value. His out of the box approach of putting people first and concentrating on selling value has helped thousands.

Called a “Startup Hero” by North Carolina Business Magazine and a maverick and mold breaker by SouthPark Magazine, Chris has written 8 books and is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UNC – Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte. Chris severs on the board of four startups and as a strategic advisor to Kingsmen Software Products. Chris travels the country speaking on the topics of startup success, innovation, entrepreneurship, sales, technology, and automation. Chris started AvidXchange in 2000. AvidXchange, a business unicorn with a $1.4 billion value and is the 9th largest fintech company in the country with 1400+ employee.

Chris Elmore about the talk

I started with nothing… no software, no funding, no plan… just an idea and four business partners. Our very first pitch the only feedback we got on our idea was on the name, which he said, “I guess all of the good names have been taken.” Starting a tech company on the day the dot-com bubble burst wasn’t the best, but it was all we had. Bootstrapping is the practice of only spending the money you make. One of the great outcomes of bootstrapping a company is if you stick to it and do a few key things it will create a genius idea. That’s why years later my company raised $577 million-dollars in funding and is worth $1.4 billion-dollars. Not bad for a company where all the good names were taken. Want to know how we did it? That’s the point of this session.

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Packard Place Public House

Wednesday, July 17th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm

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.

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Small Tweaks for BIG Results

Wednesday, July 31st @ 8:15am-12:00pm

TechWorks Gaston, 52A Ervin St. Belmont, NC 28012

 Sherre DeMao and Panelists
Strategy Matter Series 2019- Three-Part Series held in May, July, and August 2019

“Small Tweaks for BIG Results!”

Second in a three-part series to ignite growth in 2019 with proven best practices and thought-leading insights. You do not need to attend all 3. Each event stands on its own!

Parking: Free and easy parking.

Too often entrepreneurs are so focused on the “next big thing,” losing sight of the small things that can be done for exponential results. This session will help you dive into your business from a perspective of small shifts or changes that could immediately drive growth, preference and engagement in ways you previously would not have imagined.

  • Mental shifts necessary for driving growth.
  • Back-to-basics home runs often overlooked.
  • Identifying slight shifts vs. scrapping it all.
  • Non-negotiables to drive differentiation.
  • How to see the obvious & do more with less.
  • Driving share of mind, wallet and heart.

Presenter & Panel Moderator:

Sherre’ DeMao, CGS

Author, Me, Myself & Inc., 50 Marketing Secrets of Growth Companies in Down Economic Times, and The Profitability Quotient


  • Roddey Player, President/CEO, Queen City Audio Video Appliance
  • Penny Benkeser, President, ServePro Northwest Charlotte, Lincoln & Gaston Counties
  • Tana Greene, CEO, Greene Group, MyWorkChoice, Road Dog Drivers

8:15 am – 9:00 am Registration and Networking- continental breakfast and coffee
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Remarks & Welcome

9:15 am – 10:30 am Presentation by Sherre DeMao

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break

10:45 am – Noon Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

Program Cost:

BIG and TechWorks Members – Free

Guests: $50

TEA Members: $35 – please include TEA with your Company Name in Registration Form

Students: $15

Fee at the Door: $60

Registration Required: Register below or RSVP to terry@bigcouncil.com

Dress Attire: Business casual

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NC IDEA Information Session

Wednesday, July 31st @ 6:00pm-8:00pm

UNC Charlotte Campus, PORTAL Building, 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd., Suite 242, Charlotte, NC

Ventureprise will be hosting the NC IDEA FOUNDATION to provide an overview of NC IDEA FOUNDATION programming, specifically focusing on the upcoming 2019 Fall Grant cycle that support ambitious, growth-oriented companies: NC IDEA MICRO ($10,000) and NC IDEA SEED ($50,000).

The second part of the prep session will be interactive with direct feedback on what it means to submit a successful application for your venture. The session will provide tips and best practices for writing a successful grant application, covering the anatomy of the grant application with specifics on what the reviewers are looking for in each section. Eligibility requirements for NC IDEA MICRO, NC IDEA SEED will also be covered to provide you with a greater understanding of each opportunity and which one may be most appropriate and beneficial for you and your company.

**NC IDEA MICRO and NC IDEA SEED grant applications open August 12, 2019 and close September 8, 2019 at 5pm ET. For more information, click here.

Dinner to be provided.


6:00pm-6:15pm – Welcome and Introductions

6:15pm-6:40pm – NC IDEA Fall Grant Overview

6:40pm-8:00pm – Interactive Application Preparation Session

Event Parking: On campus parking at CRI-1 Deck Parking Deck. Walk from the deck to Robert D. Snyder Rd., turn right and continue on to Robert D. Snyder Rd. to the PORTAL building which will be on your left.

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