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Entrepreneurship Center for Young Black Men

City Startup Labs (CSL) is establishing a Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurial Competency, Innovation and Leadership (CoE) at UNC Charlotte, in association with Ventureprise, the campus-based venture development organization.

The center will operate from Ventureprise offices in PORTAL. Ventureprise Inc. is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with UNC Charlotte that serves as a venture development organization for the University and the Charlotte region.

The Center of Excellence will continue with the focus initiated by CSL during its two-year pilot - empowering young black men as entrepreneurs. However, in addition to teaching entrepreneurship, the CoE will provide an intrapreneurial track designed to deliver innovation, problem solving and leadership to corporate Charlotte and beyond. Intrapreneurs are individuals within a large corporation who take direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product.

Campus to Host Water Research Competition

UNC Charlotte has been selected to host the United States leg of a competition for one of the world’s most prestigious awards in water-related research. The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is presented to one high school student annually for research in water and sustainability issues. In an effort led by the Center for STEM Education, UNC Charlotte bested proposals from universities across the country to host the competition through 2018.

Each year, thousands of participants from more than 30 countries join competitions to vie for the chance to represent their nations at the international final held during World Water Week in Stockholm. The national and international competitions are open to individuals from age 15 to 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives a $15,000 award, a blue crystal prize sculpture, a diploma as well as the stay in Stockholm.

"The Center for STEM Education is excited to be part of this event and to assist the Water Environment Federation in planning for this prestigious competition," said David Pugalee, director of the UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education. "Water is our most important natural resource, and the world faces significant challenges around access and availability of clean water."