The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is hosting Five Ventures, an annual university/community entrepreneurship event to take place on campus April 18-19.

Five Ventures focuses on what it takes to make a successful business in today’s economic climate. While many new business start-ups focus purely on funding, successful businesses leverage the strengths, talents and resources of an entire community.

On April 18, five finalists from the business plan competition will share their vision for the next multi-billion dollar business, participate in a discussion with venture capitalists and angel investors as they discuss investment criteria, and engage in discussions with invited speakers as they share the role of Charlotte in the state’s technology strategy and insights into the makings of a billion dollar business.

Business plan presentations will be given by representatives from OpSource, Analytica, Photonex, U.S. Metrology and MindValve.

The invited speakers are Nic Heinke, communications/ government affairs coordinator for NCEITA, speaking on the “Role of Charlotte in State’s Technology Strategy,” and John C. Yates, partner-in-charge at technology practice Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, addressing the “Anatomy of a Billion Dollar Tech Deal: A ‘How To’ Checklist.”

On April 19, UNCC students, faculty and staff will participate in an interactive “Survivor” Q&A session with a handful of young, successful entrepreneurs. Panelists include Andy Agrawal from Morris Manning & Martin, Jim Kunevicius from Seurat, Page Tucker with Impact Solutions, Matt Michalewicz of NuTech Solutions, Diana Clontz from Sparrow Systems and Jeff Gregory with the Brand Innovation Group.

Registration for the two-day event is $150. To register or for more information, contact Ruth B. Burnett at 704-687-4144.