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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.

Graduate Students Awarded Veteran Assistantships

Three military veterans will begin earning their master’s degrees at UNC Charlotte aided by substantial awards provided by the University’s Graduate School. The funding, called assistantships, will cover tuition and health insurance, plus a $12,000 annual stipend. Total value of each assistantship is roughly $36,000. The awards require the students to aid professors in their departments with research and teaching.

Associate Provost and Graduate School Dean Tom Reynolds initiated the program that will select three military veterans each year to receive the two-year awards to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees. This year’s selected veterans represent the U.S. Army and Air Force; click here to learn more about the recipients.