Since 2012, The Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurism (CRFE) has worked with the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Chamber and the entrepreneur community to progress building the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. From ecosystem research, supporting local partners and events, bringing programs like the MIT Venture Mentoring service to our community, to the formation of Innovate Charlotte (InCLT) CRFE’s accomplishments would not have been possible without the active engagement of the Charlotte entrepreneurship community.
Over the next 12 months, CRFE and InCLT will evolve into InCLT Labs. InCLT Labs will apply entrepreneurial principles, collaborate with the City of Charlotte and community entrepreneurs, and execute with entrepreneurial spirit across several defined program areas to include minority and women small business capacity-building, smart cities innovation, entrepreneur mentoring, and ecosystem support through grant-making.
As part of this new direction, Keith Luedeman will serve as the interim Executive Director of InCLT Labs. Keith is a successful entrepreneur and recently exited from his company GoodMortgage.com. He has agreed to fill the interim roll in a volunteer capacity. Please join us in thanking the previous Executive Director of CRFE and Innovate Charlotte, Walt Frye for his service and in welcoming Keith into this new role.
We are excited about InCLT Labs and will be sending out more information in the upcoming months.