EPIC Innovator

EPIC invites you to participate in the annual EPIC Innovators program, which is generously sponsored by the EPIC Affiliates

The program aims to identify and recognize entrepreneurial students and faculty with a focus on energy. Individuals or teams are invited to submit ideas, projects, technology concepts, or prototypes that they believe are worthy of further exploration and funding. Affiliates can become engaged with participants either as short-term reviewers of their work, longer-term mentors, financial supporters, early-term investors, as is deemed appropriate. All submissions need to be energy-related.

Open Solicitation

The solicitation is open to UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff. All proposals must be energy-related. To participate in the solicitation, please provide the following documentation and fill in this form by Dec. 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM.

  • One page (max) abstract describing the project/concept/technology (technology details)
  • One page (max) resume of each team member
Participant Selection

On January 6, 2020, up to five teams/individuals will be selected from the proposals and invited to present their ideas to EPIC and EPIC Affiliates. A committee comprised of EPIC Affiliates will review proposals and make the selection.  The selected teams will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the process and help them prepare for the presentation.

Event & Presentations

On June 17, 2020*, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM, the selected teams will present their ideas. Each team will have 10-12 minutes to present to a panel composed of Affiliates. After each presentation, the panel will have 10 minutes to provide the presenter(s) with feedback and ask questions.  The event will close with a 30-minute networking reception where three teams will receive one of the following awards:


1st prize: $1,000 and dinner with one of the sponsors
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $300

End of Round

After the event, EPIC Affiliates will decide on the level of support, if any, (mentor, financial support, etc.) they would like to provide to any of the teams/individuals.

Ventureprise – EPIC Innovators Collaboration

Participants in the EPIC Innovators Program will be immediately eligible for the Ventureprise Launch NSF I-Corps program. Teams will be awarded up to $3,000 in travel stipends to conduct customer discovery interviews and attend industry conferences to explore the commercial possibilities of their ideas and research. Ventureprise will provide commercialization training to University faculty and student participants. Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible for additional NSF commercialization funding opportunities in excess of $1 million.

*Dates are subject to change depending on University guidelines regarding COVID-19

For questions contact Christina Kopitopoulou at Christina.K@uncc.edu