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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.

Annual Faculty and Mentoring Competitions Underway

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2016 competitions for the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal and the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award are now underway.

The First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal recognizes outstanding scholarship, creativity and/or research among senior full-time faculty members. Each year the University, with support from First Citizens Bank, present this award in order to recognize and foster the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and creative endeavors. Nominations focus on the excellence and importance of sustained contributions in research and creative activities, including work done over a substantial period of time at UNC Charlotte.

The Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award was established in memory of Dr. Harshini de Silva, an associate professor of Biology, who was noted for her deep dedication to the academic and professional development of graduate students. Each year, the Chancellor’s Office and the Graduate School present this award to a full-time member of the graduate faculty who evinces the qualities of outstanding graduate mentoring. For additional information and submission details, visit the Graduate School website.