Apply to Innovate Charlotte Venture Mentoring Pilot

We are looking for companies interested in taking the next step in their entrepreneurial journey as part of our Venture Mentoring pilot program based on renowned MIT VMS Program.  Our focus is innovation driven companies at the validation stage of their business model. It means that you have a few paying customers already and needs mentors to attract investment and scale your business.

As a participating company, you will get:

  • Access to a diverse pool of experience, perspectives and opinions
  • Ability to size, shape and change mentor team to meet evolving needs of your venture
  • Access to a wider pool of potential contacts in the community
  • Tailored, not formulaic actionable advice

Details on the Pilot

  • Program Duration: 6 months, ongoing
  • Application Deadline: May 28, 2018
  • Cost to participate: Free
  • Number of Spots: 6-10 (depends on the number of mentors)
  • Goal of the Pilot: to guide each participant through group mentorship to the next milestone on their entrepreneurial journey.
 
 
Venture Information
If you do not have a name, please insert TBD
Your venture must be located in the Greater Charlotte Area
Team
Phone *
Phone
Business Idea / Description
Please provide a succinct 1-sentence description of what you do: Example: "We create and sell game software for consumers". "We are the X for Y" can work well here - example: YouTube's concept statement was "Flikr for video".
In a few sentences, please describe what problem you are solving. Example: The amount of junk mail in everyone's email inbox is growing despite attempts to fight it. You can't be sure who sent you the email. In addition to wasting time and being annoying, this poses threats to security, spreads viruses and clogs up networks.
In one or two sentences, describe who has this problem. Example: This is costly for everyone in the chain: the end users, IT departments, ISPs.
In a few sentences and in completely NON-TECHNICAL terms, please describe how you expect to solve it. Example: We have software that guarantees that the sender is who they claim. This can be implemented at ISPs and enterprises, allowing the entire chain to validate every email's origin and discard invalid messages before they travel further.
In a few sentences, describe who will use it, who will pay you and how you envision selling to them. Again, you don't need to provide in-depth financial details. Example: We will sell our software and services directly to ISPs, web mail providers like Google and Microsoft, and F1000 companies through direct sales. We will provide a free add-on for email clients like Outlook so end users can easily adopt it.
In a few sentences, describe what is special about your solution and product. Example: Breakthrough identification algorithm that can be inserted into the backbone system at a switch level. Based on cutting-edge research developed under government grants by the founders as UNC Charlotte Researchers.
In a few sentences describe intellectual property status.
8. What is your current status? *
For the pilot project, we are looking at companies that are ready to launch, have some traction or making revenue.
9. What type of Venture Mentoring Service help do you think your startup needs? *
Please check all that apply
If there is anything else we should know about your venture, please let us know here