Our Vision

Innovate Charlotte has a vision to have a dynamic and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem within the Greater Charlotte Area.


Innovate Charlotte is the execution arm of the Charlotte Regional Fund for Entrepreneurship that was launched in 2017.

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

Our Core Team

  Walt Frye , executive director

Walt Frye, executive director

  Alfred Jackson , program coordinator (june 2017)

Alfred Jackson, program coordinator (june 2017)

  Christy harner , chief experience officer

Christy harner, chief experience officer

  igor gorlatov , chief marketing officer

igor gorlatov, chief marketing officer


Our Focus

We focus on helping founders of companies with validated innovative products and services that are looking to take the next steps towards scaling their operations.



The Board

  David Jones , Chairman of the board

David Jones, Chairman of the board

  Keva Walton,  charlotte chamber

Keva Walton, charlotte chamber

  Dan Roselli , Packard place

Dan Roselli, Packard place

 Mike Manning, charlotte chamber

Mike Manning, charlotte chamber

  Tariq Bokhari , Aggressant       

Tariq Bokhari, Aggressant     

  Holly Eskridge , city of charlotte

Holly Eskridge, city of charlotte