Venture Lab

Students on tour of Packard Place
Dan Roselli (left), cofounder of Packard Place, leads Davidson student entrepreneurs Joe Morrison '14 and Tori Mayernick '14 on a tour of the facility.

Davidson College Venture Lab (DC Venture Lab) is a new start-up incubator designed to accelerate the development of Davidson's founders and aspiring entrepreneurs through experiential education. Venture Lab is a full-time, immersive program that runs June 3-August 16 and is suited for all business models (for profit and not-for-profit).

If you have a venture you want to take to the next level, or even if you have a well-developed idea, we encourage you to apply! DC Venture Lab is located in Packard Place, the hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. For more information, please contact Allison Dulin.

The following is a sampling of the benefits available to participants in the DC Venture Lab.

  1. Community: A major strength of DC Venture Lab is the student and Packard Place community. Teams are expected to learn as much from one another as they do from the DC Venture Lab staff and mentors.
  2. Mentoring: Mentors and local entrepreneurs are available over the summer to help student entrepreneurs learn and succeed.
  3. Networking: We prepare student teams to connect with the local and national Davidson entrepreneurial ecosystem, which includes investors, entrepreneurs, accountants, and lawyers.
  4. Education: Students will participate in entrepreneurship education where various topics are covered that relate to startups. Entrepreneurs come to share stories and lessons learned.
  5. Grants: Student teams receive grants of $3,500. In addition, student teams are connected to grant programs across campus, the city, and the state.
  6. Space: Student teams gain access to a shared facility at Packard Place where they have Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee, conference rooms, plenty of white boards, and 24-hour access.

About Packard Place

Packard Place is the foundation of like-minded entrepreneurs sharing skills and business opportunities in Charlotte. It serves as a community center for entrepreneurial activity in the heart of the Queen City, allowing access to technology, education and hands-on assistance to help business partners and start-ups design, build, market and deliver innovation and solutions. This is accomplished by the collaboration of key organizations in the region including entrepreneurial, industry, civic, economic and university groups that together are changing the landscape of Charlotte business.