Start or grow a business for good.

Charlotte Launch Camp

Gain valuable connections and actionable growth strategies

Program Date:                                        August 15, 2024

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Apply by:

August 2nd, 2024

This free program for early-stage entrepreneurs has been made possible by funding from EY.

Location: EY Charlotte Wavespace                                        1422 S Tryon Street                                                                    South Tower, Suite 400                                                      Charlotte, NC 28203

“Doing my elevator pitch following the formula given to us in the workshop, pitching it to a group, and getting feedback was helpful. I improved my pitch. This is the best version so far!"

Tina Santos, Launch Camp Alumna
Client Services Director, Luz de Luna Reception Hall

About The Program

This one-day Launch Camp hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, will equip you with the tools and knowledge to grow your business through live support from Ernst & Young mentors.

The hands-on programming helps founders better understand the problem they aim to solve and the customers they serve. Each founder will build and deliver a pitch, and receive real-time feedback from an audience of experts and peers.

This program is designed for impact-focused early-stage entrepreneurs with solutions that generate social or environmental benefits.

Key OUtcomes

Support to create your pitch presentation

Build a customer profile 

Network with and receive feedback from mentors from Ernst & Young.

Gain lifetime Alumni Program benefits including mentorship and funding resources for the journey ahead.

Program Agenda

9:30 AM: Check in, network, and light breakfast provided by SEED SPOT.

10:30 AM: Intros and icebreakers- Meet your fellow participants!

11:00 AM: Dive into your business opportunity.

11:55 AM: Create your customer empathy map.

12:55 PM: Lunch provided by SEED SPOT.

1:30 PM: Explain your solution in 3 steps.

2:15 PM: Refine your elevator pitch with mentors and peers.

3:00 PM: Mentor networking event.

4:00 PM: Program complete!

Who's the Right Fit?

This program is designed for impact-focused, underrepresented entrepreneurs with early-stage business solutions that generate significant social or environmental benefits.

Full participation from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM is required to participate in this program. All admitted participants will sign a participation agreement between the participant and SEED SPOT that confirms the ability to commit to the entire program.

Impact Focused

Impact-focused ventures are working to solve a social or environmental issue within their community. A venture can also be considered impact-focused if it generates jobs or generational wealth for underrepresented individuals.

Early-Stage Businesses

Early-stage businesses are in the prototyping phase or one to five years from launch. Ideally, participating ventures will have a minimum viable product and have made at least one sale/have one customer.

Under-represented Entrepeneurs

We recognize underrepresentation as the lack of proportional inclusion across various identities, encompassing but not limited to: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); individuals who identify as women, transgender, and non-binary; those with diverse abilities; individuals from low- or moderate-income backgrounds; military veterans, active-duty personnel, and military spouses; members of the LGBTQIA+ community; immigrants or first-generation citizens; and individuals residing in rural communities.

Have questions? Let's talk!

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Connect with Linda Norquist, Marketing & Recruitment Manager, to discuss the program's fit for your unique business needs!