Both educational and fun, the Five Ventures university/community entrepreneurship event starts Thursday, April 7 at 8:00am. The “Five Ventures” finalists are:

Core Audio
Witty Bit World

These companies will showcase their business acumen by pitching to venture capitalists, selecting the most talented CEO, and demonstrating their sales abilities.

Dwain Gullion, the creator of magnetic ribbons with slogans such as Support Our Troops, will share his “Magnet America” story and how a three-hour website design exploded into a booming business overnight.

Five Ventures is hosted by: UNC Charlotte, Business Innovation & Growth Council, and the SBTDC

Premier Sponsors: Womble Carlyle, UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business

Other Sponsors include: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Charlotte Chamber, Grant Thornton, Carolinas Healthcare System, RBC Centura, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Qualcomm, Tom Fisher, BD Technologies, ITconscious, City of Charlotte, Kilpatrick Stockton, SBT DC, Ben Yarbrough, Foodman Hunter & Karres, Jenkins Wilson Taylor, Summa & Allan

Service Providers: Grant Thornton, Womble Carlyle, SBTDC, CCPP, ITconscious, Trelys Fund, Alston & Bird, Blue Nine Partners, enventys, Foodman Hunter & Karres, Kilpatrick Stockton, Morris Manning & Martin, Peak 10, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Summa & Allan, Wakefield Group, McCrory & Company, Frontier Capital, VisionQuest, UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business, Hyde Park Capital, Sockwell & Associates, Aurora Funds, Businesswire and Kennedy Covington.