EPIC Innovator

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

The program aims to identify and recognize entrepreneurial engineering 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, or other as 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 Feb. 28, 2019.

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

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.

Event & Presentations

Towards the end of the semester, a 2.5-3 hour event will take place at EPIC. Each participating team/individual will have 10-12 minutes to present their idea 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. After the presentations, up to 3 teams/individuals will be selected to receive an award. A 30 minute reception/networking event will follow for all participants, Affiliates, and EPIC personnel.


1st prize: $1,000 (first prize may also include presentation at Affiliate(s) place of business)
2nd prize: Sponsored corporate dinner with Affiliate(s)
3rd prize: Presentation at Affiliate(s) place of business

End of Round

After the event, EPIC Affiliates will decide on the level of support (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.


Click here to begin the application process. For more details be sure to attend the EPIC Innovators Information Session being held on Feb. 1, 2019, at 1:00 PM in EPIC 1332.

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