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$300K NSF Award to Accelerate Commercialization

The UNC Charlotte proposal for a Ventureprise Charlotte Launch program was selected as an NSF I-Corps Site in a nationally competitive solicitation by the National Science Foundation. The selection also designates UNC Charlotte as one of 36 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.

"The NSF selection of UNC Charlotte as an I-Corps Site validates our long-standing investment in entrepreneurial support," said Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development. "The Ventureprise Charlotte Launch program will provide 90 or more UNC Charlotte students with in-depth technology commercialization knowledge that will be valuable throughout their careers."

The Ventureprise Charlotte Launch program is designed to inspire teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. Teams will assess business opportunities for research and inventions primarily developed by UNC Charlotte students and faculty.

Saxophonist Medals in International Competition

Saxophonist and UNC Charlotte alumnus Benjamin Still has won a gold medal in the 2015 Fischoff Competition as a member of the Mirasol Quartet. Founded in 1973, the Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation and the world. The Mirasol Quartet, one of 49 ensembles to enter this year's Fischoff Competition, is a saxophone quartet from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where Still is a student pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. The quartet received the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division, with a cash award of $3,500.

Still graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2013 with a B.M.in Music Performance, studying saxophone with Dr. Will Campbell. An inaugural member of the College of Arts + Architecture Honors Program, he graduated summa cum laude, with honors. Other recent awards include national finalist in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and finalist in the 2015 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.