Charlotte Global Shapers Kick Off SHAPE Charlotte Business Idea Competition

Charlotte Global Shapers, a local community established by the World Economic Forum, spur youth job development through business idea competition

Charlotte, NC. (September 18, 2012) – SHAPE Charlotte, a business idea competition with the goal of inciting business creativity, networking, industry agnostic training and ultimately rewarding finalists with capital to help make their business idea a reality, will be kicking off during an Information Session on September 25, 2012.

The Information Session will be from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the UNCC Center City Auditorium. Contestants, mentors and community members have an opportunity to learn more about the competition, as well as hear local business leaders address the challenge of developing a business in Charlotte, NC. These leaders include:

  • David Jones—President & CEO, Peak 10
  • Igor Jablokov—CEO & Founder, Yap, Inc.
  • Deborah Aguiar-Velez—CEO, Sistemas, Corp.
  • Jason Ryan—Founder & CEO, Nova Office Strategies
  • Jacqueline Patterson—Principal, Sheercom LLC
  • Shafi Mustafa—Co-Founder & CEO, Savveo

SHAPE Charlotte competitors, those who wish to submit a business idea to the competition, local business leaders and members of the media are welcome to attend.

About SHAPE Charlotte:

SHAPE Charlotte is a business idea competition focused on economic and job development in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Competitors must be between the ages of 18-30, present a viable business idea and demonstrate its impact on the Charlotte community. Competitors will be paired with mentors to develop the business ideas and build a presentation, which will be delivered to a panel of experts. Top ideas receive seed funding for their idea and continued mentor support.

SHAPE Charlotte’s program sponsors include Duke Energy, UNC Charlotte, Falfurrias Capital, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, The ViLyles Foundation, Bourne Investments and MailVu.

To learn more, visit

About Charlotte Global Shapers:

Ten Charlotteans under 30 years of age were chosen for the inaugural class of the Charlotte Global Shapers community. The group’s goal is to leverage its diverse perspectives, energy, and passion to effect positive change in Charlotte and around the globe. The Charlotte Global Shapers have been tasked by the World Economic Forum to create local programs that will make a positive impact on the Charlotte community. To learn more, visit

About the Global Shapers Community

The Global Shapers Community is a worldwide network of Hubs led by 20- to 30-year-olds who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make positive contributions to their communities. Solutions to global challenges must engage youth at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally – as this generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future. Shapers are organized in a network of local hubs based in major cities around the world. The only official requirement of a Global Shapers hub is that it undertakes at least one local project. The mandate for individual hubs is broad, but the ultimate goal of the Global Shapers Community is to provide youth with a global platform to shape the future. For more information, visit

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