Southeast Venture Conference

Charlotte, NC (March 16, 2015) – Today, the Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC) announced its largest conference ever, to be held March 31 to April 1, 2015 in Charlotte, NC thanks to the backing and strong support by a trio of new title sponsors, Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship (CRFE), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) and the City of Charlotte. The sponsorships helped bring the SEVC to Charlotte this year, along with the Digital Summit, and enabled a concurrent program with the Charlotte Venture Challenge (CVC), which also received sponsorship from the title sponsors.

The expanded event schedule will bring hundreds of investors and entrepreneurs to Center City Charlotte later this month at Le Méridien:

The SEVC, which showcases over 50 high-growth, innovative companies to the investment community, will also feature Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, as a keynote speaker. “We’re excited to bring SEVC back to Charlotte,” says Scott Hedrick, co-founder and executive director of Techmedia, the conference organizer. “This sponsorship shows an unprecedented level of civic commitment from a can-do business community and ultra-supportive City leaders to ensure Charlotte hosts a power packed gathering that brings together SEVC, CVC and the Digital Summit concurrently.”

The Digital Summit is a digital marketing conference with guest speakers from Twitter, Lulu.com, Etsy, Salesforce, Hubspot, Forrester Research and more. The CVC, organized by UNC Charlotte’s Charlotte Research Institute and Ventureprise, is in its 14th year as the premiere start-up competition in the Southeast, attracting over 200 start-up companies in the last two years.

David Jones, board chairman of the CRFE, states, “We are a public-private partnership formed to help strengthen and showcase the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Charlotte region. With our commitment to sponsor all three events, combined with that of the Business Innovation and Growth Council (BIG) and committee of entrepreneurs, we helped secure the SEVC in Charlotte this year and collaborated to safeguard a concurrent schedule with CVC, benefitting all entrepreneurs and investors in the region.”

Dr. Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development, says “UNC Charlotte works to drive economic growth through research and partnerships among academic, corporate, and entrepreneurial communities. We have supported CVC since 2002 and are pleased that this year’s collaboration with SEVC will expand awareness of the region’s most promising emerging entrepreneurs among active, knowledgeable investors.”

“The City of Charlotte is committed to putting forward unique public-private partnerships to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in our region,” says Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “Our collaborative sponsorship of the SEVC demonstrates the kind of creative, supportive business environment Charlotte has to offer.”