A celebration of innovation & entrepreneurship in charlotte
Part of the City of Charlotte's Small Business Month, Charlotte Innovation Week (CIW) is a week-long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Queen City. Organized by  Innovate Charlotte, a nonprofit with a mission to grow the innovation-led entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Charlotte area, CIW is an opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the people, purpose, and practice of making meaningful innovation and entrepreneurship happen here every day. We’re bringing together key stakeholders – entrepreneurs, investors, and support organizations – within our ecosystem to connect and explore ways to collaborate and build a better Charlotte.
Follow the event links below to learn more about each event or to register to attend ↓ 
Date & Time
May 15 - May 19, 2023
MON, May 15th - FRI, May 19th
Free Coworking All Week Long
Tabbris - 1300 South Boulevard #Suite D
Free coworking will be available all week long at Tabbris during Charlotte Innovation Week. Simply fill out the form and choose your days that week. Free coworking is valid from 9am to 5pm and does not include the weekend. Days cannot be split into different weeks.
MON, May 15th
9:15a - 10:30a
Intro to the Charlotte Startup Ecosystem
Tabbris - 1300 South Boulevard #Suite D
Learn about the many resources and programs available to innovation-led entrepreneurs in this lunch and learn session. 
TUE, May 16th
11:30a - 1:15p
RevTech Labs Alumni Showcase
RevTech Labs - 222 South Church St, Suite 200
RevTech Labs will be spotlighting 10 of their portfolio companies that are currently fundraising. Founders will be Zooming in from various cities across the globe. Attendees will hear from some of the top fintech and insurtech Founders from across the U.S. while networking over lunch. Lunch will be provided. 
TUE, May 16th
5:30p - 8:00p
HEIST BREWERY - 2909 North Davidson Street #200
Talent Jam is back for Charlotte Innovation Week 2023! This unique event connects local tech and business talent with startups and innovative companies that need them in ways traditional networking events and job fairs simply don't. Instead of the usual formats, this high-energy, hyperlocal event features dueling, open-mic pitches where hiring companies and people looking for opportunities each give alternating 60-second pitches. Pitches are followed by a casual but impactful networking reception.
TUE, May 16th
5:30p - 8:00p
Inteligencia artificial y estrategias de mercadeo
prospera - 145C Scaleybar Rd. 
Prospera hosts this Spanish-language event on Artificial Intelligence and marketing strategies for your business. Topics will include branding, content creation, CRM, and multi-media content (photos and video). Use password Hispano23 to register.
TUE, May 16th
5:30p - 8:00p
Charlotte Angel Fund May Meeting
Tabbris - 1300 South Boulevard, Suite D
Charlotte Angel Fund is a collection of over 100 Charlotte area investors who have pooled capital for the purpose of making angel investments in highly scalable early-stage companies. As a part of CIW23, the May meeting is open to the public to allow interested entrepreneurs and investors to see how an angel fund works.
WED, May 17th
7:00a - 9:30a
Tech Leaders Forum of Charlotte
Results and Insights from the Tech Exec Compensation Survey
Join Charlotte's top technology executives for a roundtable discussion to exchange ideas, share best practices, and learn about current issues impacting fast growing tech companies. Our annual Tech Executive Compensation Survey will review key findings for how tech companies compete in the war for talent. This event is open to Charlotte tech executives (CEOs, CFOs, and GMs). 
WED, May 17th
10:30a - 11:30a
Raising Capital: Angel Investing 101 (Founders)
Venture X @ The Refinery - 1213 W. Morehead St. Ste 500
Do you want to learn how to raise capital from an angel investor? This session will dig into how angel investors operate including where deals come from, how they evaluate them, term sheets, deal structure, and exits. In short, we'll give you a crash course on how angel investors think and work, so you can feel prepared to raise capital for your company. 
WED, May 17th
12:30p - 1:30p
Visit With VentureSouth (For Investors)
Venture X @ The Refinery - 1213 W. Morehead St. Ste 500
Have you ever wanted to invest in startup companies or maybe just make an impact in your local economy but weren't sure how? Join us for an information session to learn the basics of angel investing. Topics include everything from investing qualifications to deal sourcing and evaluation, to term sheets, deal structures and exits. In short, we'll give you a crash course that helps you understand how angel investors "Make money. Have fun. Do good." 
WED, May 17th
5:00p - 7:30p
HURT [email protected] - 210 DELBURG STREET, DAVIDSON
LaunchCLT connects founders and mentors to catalyze a viable, sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Charlotte region. Infinite Possibilities is their signature event series that engages curiosity and explores important cutting-edge topics. In this talk, Tara Youngblood, a leading expert on the science of sleep, will delve into the latest research on how sleep impacts our physical and mental well-being.
WED, May 17th
5:00p - 5:30p
Guinea Pigs and Pizza Networking Event
Mito Station - 1431 Elizabeth Avenue
Your classic networking event with free food and drink, sponsors, entertainment... and guinea pigs? At the event, we will all take 30 minutes to help an emerging start-up company test their product and provide feedback. Our way of paying it forward.
WED, May 17th
5:30p - 7:30p
DHIT - Digital Health Happy Hour
Mito Station - 1431 Elizabeth Avenue
Join the Digital Health Institute for Transformation for their monthly Digital Health Happy Hour event. This is a great opportunity to meet folks interested in the future of healthcare and innovation in North Carolina and the world. 
WED, May 17th
5:30p - 8:00p
DAIC - Exploring Web3 Venture Funding w/ Outshine
Join us to gain expert advice from venture leaders & learn about the strategies that drive successful digital asset investment.
THU, May 18th
12:00p - 5:00p
Charlotte Entrepreneurial ECOSYSTEM SUMMIT
EY Design Studio CLT - 1422 S Tryon st Suite 500
The Charlotte innovation ecosystem comes together to learn about key initiatives in the community to improve collaboration and increase the growth of tech and innovative companies in the Charlotte area. This event is open to support organizations and community leaders as well as interested entrepreneurs and community supporters. 
THU, May 18th
5:00p -7:00p
Innovate Charlotte Happy Hour / Celebration
Join the Charlotte tech and innovation community as we come together to share ideas... and a pint! More to come soon...
THU, May 18th
6:00p -9:00p
CO.STARTERS Powered By LaunchCLT: Cohort Begins
HURT [email protected] - 210 DELBURG STREET, DAVIDSON
CO.STARTERS is a cohort-based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor. Space is limited and applications are currently being accepted. The cohort kicks off May 18th and meets Thursdays at the same time through July 13th. 
FRI, May 19th
8:30a - 9:30a
Data Delusions: How Math, Metrics, and Analytics Can Mislead Us
Kingsmen Software @ 1801 N. Graham St Suite 310
In this session of Project TBD, we’ll explore the origins and examples of "metric fixation." We'll also share recommendations on what we can do differently to find the balance between data, metrics, and human-centered design.
FRI, May 19th
12:00p - 1:30p
CEI - Service Delivery: Product Market Launch
PORTAL @ Unc Charlotte - 9319 Robert D. Snyder Rd. Room 242
This seminar will discuss the process of getting your product or service ready for the market. Although technology has made good product launches more challenging, it has lowered the bar for product development. This has allowed more companies to launch quickly and cheaply. There will be small bites for your enjoyment! 
Get in touch
Charlotte Innovation Week is driven by the community. If you have an interest in participating in the week either by becoming a sponsor or hosting an event, please reach out. If you have ideas for events or topics, or if you'd like to volunteer, please also let us know. We look forward to seeing you there!

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