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December 15, 2022 | Tom Ballard

UNC Charlotte better aligns resources to serve entrepreneurs

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte which announced that it is aligning its educational and outreach efforts through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Just as an article about the University of Cincinnati reported in yesterday’s edition of teknovation.biz, another higher education institution is aligning its programs to best serve entrepreneurs in a city ranked the #3 metro area in the nation to start a business.

That is the news out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte which announced that it is aligning its educational and outreach efforts through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). The Center integrates the work of  Ventureprise, the city’s longest-serving entrepreneur support organization, with the Small Business and Technology Development Center and the University’s undergraduate and graduate certificates in entrepreneurship.

“We know that entrepreneurship is critical to the economic growth of a community, and our University is a driving entrepreneurial force in Charlotte,” said Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber. “Integrating our work strengthens our ability to build the pipeline of entrepreneurs in the metro area, increase the resources available to start-up companies in our community and leverage the expertise of entrepreneurial faculty from across the University to benefit our region.”

Housed in PORTAL and reporting to the Belk College of Business, CEI will be co-directed by Devin Collins, current Director of Ventureprise, and Justin Webb, the Belk Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation.

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