About Us

With The Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE), the vision of a dynamic and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem within Charlotte is achievable.

The CRFE is a charitable fund aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting increased innovation, improving development of high-growth entrepreneurs, and ultimately increasing job creation.

Founded in 2013 as a public-private initiative between the city of Charlotte and the Foundation For The Carolinas, the CRFE is a non-profit, 501c3 entity.CRFE Map

The CRFE seeks tax-deductible donations to fund non-profit organizations and unique programs that help entrepreneurs develop the business skills, technical talent and networks necessary to grow.

Through a distinctive partnership between the City and CRFE, private sector tax-deductible donations will be matched one-for-one up to $500,000 by the City to provide an initial $1,000,000 for CRFE grant funding.

Building on that seed funding, the CRFE will continue to grow its pool of resources that ensure a welcoming and thriving environment for entrepreneurs.

Our Leadership

An independent board of nine directors governs the CRFE with its management provided by the Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC). Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Charlotte, the City Manager of Charlotte, and FFTC management. An advisory committee of community and business leaders also support the activities of the CRFE.

Read the welcome letter from Board Chair David Jones.