SHAPE Charlotte

For Participants

To participate in the SHAPE Charlotte idea competition, participants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Teams may have up to 8 members, of which 1 is the designated President (Teams of 1 are also encouraged to apply.)
  • Competitors must be 35 years of age or under (Team members over the age of 35 may participate in mentoring sessions, but may not participate in the competition)
  • At least one team member must be a permanent resident of the Charlotte Regional Area, which includes the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union and York
  • Each member must be available on the dates described in the Schedule of Events
  • Businesses that were in existence before January 1, 2013 are NOT eligible to participate

Ready to apply?  Applications are due by September 30!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SHAPE Charlotte team at

Idea Name (required)

President's Name (required)

President's Email (required)

President's Age (required)

Additional Team Members, including age and email address

Idea Description (250 words)

    Please include the following information in your description:

  • Description of product or service
  • Who are your customers, and why is there a need for your business idea?
  • How will your business idea generate revenue?

words. Please limit to 250 words or less.

 I have/will send a video discussing my team's idea, as described below.

I hereby certify that every member of my team fulfills the requirements (required)

In addition to the above application, each team may submit a 2-minute video describing their team and their idea, using the MailVU widget below.  The video may be submitted at a separate time from the application submission, but are also due by September 30th.  Teams are strongly encouraged to submit a video.  If you have any trouble with the video submission, please contact us at