The deadline for entries in the annual Five Ventures competition at UNC Charlotte is Friday.

The annual event is open to university faculty, staff and students as well as all university-based early stage/pre-A round startup companies as well as ideas.

Executive summaries must be submitted by Friday to Ruth Burnett ( by Friday.

Five finalists — the “Five Ventures” — will be selected to discuss their plans at the final event on March 27. The finalists will receive education, mentoring and/or services in account management, intellectual property, legal services, public relations and marketing as well as financing.

The winning all-student team will receive $5,000.

For more information, contact Mark Wdowik, Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer UNC C (