I’ve lived in Charlotte long enough to know that it’s been referred to as a “banking town” for quite some time. And when you walk around uptown at noon on any given weekday, it’s not hard to see why. A flood of charcoal suits and blue shirts pour out of the glass and concrete towers and onto Tryon street below. The entire uptown district can feel very corporate at times, and for some, it begs the question, “Is Charlotte a good place to be an entrepreneur?”
Well, we’re happy to report that yes, Charlotte is an extremely startup-friendly place, and 2015 is looking to be a great year for entrepreneurs. The city now has a thriving startup community that simply didn’t exist only a few short years ago. With the creation of Packard Place, an uptown hub for entrepreneurs, many different groups, events, and programs to support entrepreneurship have taken root in the city and energized a new generation of entrepreneurs.
One of the exciting things about entrepreneurship in Charlotte this year is the momentum that we’re currently experiencing. From the announcement of Google Fiber last month to the return of the Southeast Venture Conference in March, this “banking town” is seeing a high level of interest and involvement in the startup community from people throughout the region and beyond.
So what does all this mean for local startup companies and fledgling entrepreneurs? Where do you go if you have an idea and just want to network with fellow entrepreneurs? Well you’ll have a chance to do just that at Startup Weekend taking place this weekend, February 27th through March 1st.