CRFE Study: Mapping the Ecosystem
The Charlotte Region Entrepreneurial and Growth Index
CRFE Donation Pledge Card


Charlotte is home to a dynamic ecosystem of organizations, agencies, incubators, and co-working spaces supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of development. See below for information on a selection of these resources. To be included, please submit your request to Brian Collier at [email protected]:

BarCamp is Charlotte’s tech un-conference, an event where professionals from all industries come and pitch a topic they love, and people vote on what they want to learn about.

Business Innovation and Growth (BIG)
BIG is a nonprofit membership group that offers on-going programming for early stage and growth stage entrepreneurial companies.

Charlotte Entrepreneurial Alliance (CEA)
This group, formed in 2011, is an informal collection of local entrepreneurs, academics, and heads of entrepreneur support organizations.

Charlotte Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)
THE EO Charlotte chapter is an organization for the top 100 most influential entrepreneurs, with revenues over $1 million, to come together to grow their businesses.

Charlotte Regional Technology Executives Council (CRTEC)
CRTEC is dedicated to continuous education for its members and the economic development of technology companies in the Charlotte region.

City Startup Labs
City Startup Labs mission is to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and innovation within inner-city America. Their pilot Entrepreneurs Academy kicked off in 2013 in collaboration with the Urban League of the Central Carolinas.

Ignite Charlotte
Twice a year, members in technology, arts, communications, education, non-profit, the government sector, and more, give five minute presentations on subjects to stir deeper thought or action in the audience.

The Garage at Packard Place
The Garage at Packard Place is a nonprofit entity that exists to advance startup activity in the city of Charlotte. The Garage hosts and supports Startup Weekend, Startup America, the Charlotte Entrepreneurs Alliance, RevTech Labs, CLT Joules, Queen City Forward, Pay CLT, and others.

Grameen America Charlotte
Grameen is a non-profit that provides microloans, financial training, and networking to women in poverty who open their own businesses.

Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator that provides the support, tools, and knowledge needed to decrease risks, reduce go-to-market time, and accelerate the growth of your start-up.

North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)
NCTA is a statewide membership association for the tech sector.

This is a free event held the second Wednesday of every month at Packard Place. It is a “judged” pitch practice fostering feedback conversations.

Queen City Forward
Queen City Forward is a hub and incubator for social entrepreneurs, helping them scale high-impact social enterprises. Queen City Forward’s mission is to create a robust cluster of innovation in the Charlotte region that spurs economic development, improves the lives of citizens, and drives a new model of sustainable growth.

The Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE is a non-profit group of volunteers that provide small businesses with mentoring and workshops around business formation and growth.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
The SBTDC provides free business coaching and advice on 15 campuses across the state and mainly works with founders of existing and high growth companies.

Social Venture Partners (SVP)
SVPC is a venture capital firm made up of partners that invest money, time, and expertise in social initiatives and promising nonprofits that have a positive, measurable, and sustainable impact on the community.

Southeast Venture Conference (regional)
At this gathering, venture capitalists, angel investors, early stage companies and entrepreneurs, higher education and business people come together for discussions on business startups, investing, and numerous funding pitches.

Startup America/NC Partnership
Startup North Carolina is a statewide effort led by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to support startups and connect them to resources throughout the state and across the country.

Tech After Five (Ta5)
Tech After Five is live professional networking social for tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and the people who can help them.

TEDx Charlotte
TedX is a local self-organized nonprofit event that brings people together for a series of live talks.

Ventureprise, a nonprofit affiliated with UNCC, facilitates and coordinates a regional entrepreneurial strategy, while offering business incubation, some programming and other services.

World Affairs Council
As a regional center for education and discussion of world affairs, the Council provides leadership for global thinking, believing that a broad perspective is necessary for effective competition in the global economy.

Incubators & Accelerators
CLT Joules (energy accelerator at Packard Place)

Innovo Labs (Johnson C. Smith University’s incubator program at Packard Place)

Packard Place (home to several incubators, accelerators, co-working and programs)

Queen City Forward (social enterprise accelerator at Packard Place)

RevTech Labs (technology accelerator at Packard Place)

Ventureprise Portal (incubator and student incubator)

Co-working Facilities
Area 15

AKA Creative



Packard Place