UNC Charlotte strengthening focus on entrepreneurship, innovation through launch of center

CHARLOTTE — UNC Charlotte is making an effort to enhance its educational and outreach initiatives that target the region’s entrepreneurial growth.

It aims to achieve that through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which will combine Ventureprise — the city’s longest-serving entrepreneur support organization — the Small Business and Technology Development Center and the university’s undergraduate and graduate certificates in entrepreneurship.

On Dec. 12, UNC Charlotte announced the merger of those three divisions will be effective in January.

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Sharon Gaber said entrepreneurship is vital to the region’s economic advancement, adding that the school aims to be a driving force in that area.

The merged offerings come after a 2021 analysis from LendingTree, which ranked Charlotte the No. 3 metro in the U.S. to start a small business.

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