PRESENT

INVESTOR SYMPOSIUM & STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION

JANUARY 9 

Bringing the Charlotte Startup Ecosystem together

NETWORK
LEARN
PITCH
WIN

Seed the South is the only event in Charlotte highlighting all early-stage startups through a pitch competition and investor symposium.   

Our goal: showcase Charlotte startups and improve the ecosystem by creating a more symbiotic founder and investor network.

Investor Symposium

What does our ecosystem need? Local investors willing to assist founders through early-investments, connections and advice.

New and Current Investors 

We are filling the room with angel investors and funds that invest in pre-seed and seed-staged startups. We are also inviting those who want to start investing to speak with local experienced investors.

Speakers 

We’ve recruited experienced investors to discuss investment strategy and best-practices. We’re also highlighting founders that have successfully raised in the area to discuss their experience.

Meet the Speakers

A few of the startup and investment experts you’ll hear from at Seed the South 

Jason Caplain

General Partner

Bull City Venture Partners

Juliana Iarossi

Angel Investor

Professor of Entrepreneurship

University of South Carolina

VentureSouth 

Brandon Shelton

Founding & Managing Partner

Task Force X Capital

Dr. Shante Williams

Founder

RW Capital

Tim McLoughlin

Partner

Cofounders Capital

Chris Langford

Managing Director

Lowes Ventures

Mac Lackey

Investor & Serial Entrepreneur

VentureSouth 

Justin Agans

Startup Lawyer

Spengler & Agans, PLLC

Matt Lenora

Associate

Smith Anderson Law

Lister Delgado

Managing Partner

IDEA Fund Partners

Merrill Mason

Angel Investor, Partner

Triangle Angel Partners, 

Smith Anderson Law 

Ben Hicks

Corporate Attorney

Wagner Hicks PLLC 

Tom Ryan

Founder & General Partner

Start100 

Alex Smereczniak

Co-Founder and CEO

2ULaundry

Melissa Bodford

Co-Founder and CEO

UBack

Emir Dukic

Founder & CEO

Rabbu

Emilie McKenna 

Director

Atrium Health Strategic Fund

Skyler Logsdon 

Head of BD & Partnerships

Tatari 

Pitch Competition

Startups will have three chances to pitch and win prizes. Apply to pitch by December 16.

  • Judge’s Big Pitch Winner: $1,000 prize from Lowe’s Ventures, one-year membership to BIG and $3,000 worth of bookkeeping from Reconciled. 
  • Investor’s Big Pitch Winner: $1,000 prize from Castle
  • Best Demo Table Quick Pitch: $1,000 prize from Hygge 

We’ve selected 6 startups to present on the main stage for the Big Pitch. All Big Pitch participants win one-year membership at Packard Place Coworking. Winners win 2-months of free membership at Advent Coworking

We have 14 other hand-selected startups to taking part in our demo day with a chance to win the Quick Pitch. 

PITCH QUALIFICATIONS

Startups must meet the following standards to pitch, but all startups can apply to take part with a demo table. 

HQ WITHIN 30 MILES OF CHARLOTTE

LESS THAN $3 MILLION RAISED

1-3 YEAR IN BUSINESS

CURRENTLY FUNDRAISING 


The top startups will be judged baed on Creativity, Potential, Team and the Pitch itself. 

SEED THE SOUTH IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY 

Our Gold Charlotte Sponsors include:

Our Silver Charlotte Sponsors include:

Our Bronze Charlotte Sponsors include:

Charlotte companies providing services for Seed the South:

Charlotte organizations supporting Seed the South by volunteering:

Schedule of Events 

Make it a Charlotte Startup Day

  • 8 a.m. PITCHBREAKFAST  
  • 10 a.m. INVESTOR SYMPOSIUM  
  • 1 p.m. STARTUP SHOWCASE
  • 5 p.m. DRINKS 
8 a.m. PITCHBREAKFAST  

PitchBreakfast

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m at Packard Place

Three to four pitching companies will have 2 minutes to present their ideas followed by 15 minutes of feedback from our expert panelists and then a Q+A with the audience. Breakfast and coffee is provided.

10 a.m. INVESTOR SYMPOSIUM  

Investor Symposium

10 a.m. at the Foundation for the Carolinas 

10:00 a.m.: Early-stage Investing in the South 

10:30 a.m.: Benefits of Being an Early Investor  

11:00 a.m.: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

11:30 a.m.: Break for Lunch (lunch is not provided by Seed the South)

1 p.m. STARTUP SHOWCASE

Startup Showcase

1 p.m. at the Foundation for the Carolinas

1:10 p.m.: Why Seed the South?

1:10 p.m.: Panel – Startups in Charlotte  

1:40 p.m.: The Perfect Investor Pitch

*Chris Langford, Lowes Ventures

2:00 p.m.: Moving Charlotte Forward

*Sam Smith, Founder of Vishion & Collective Hustle 

2:10 p.m.: Meet Founders 

2:45 p.m.: Startups Pitch

4:00 p.m.: Vote for the Pitch Winners 

4:15 p.m.: Announce three winners 

5 p.m. DRINKS 

Founders & Funders Drinks

5:00 p.m. at 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails

StartCharlotte is hosting a happy hour for founders and investors after Seed the South right next door. 

Collective Hustle is a Charlotte investor & startup coalition looking to improve the Queen City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, focusing on the inclusion and empowerment of female and minority leaders.