NeXT Charlotte (NXT|CLT,) a non-profit entrepreneur support organization (ESO) whose vision is Transforming Lives to Equitably Serve Entrepreneurs in Our Communities, announced receiving a generous donation of $100,000 from NC IDEA Foundation.

CHARLOTTE, NC, December 07, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — NXT | CLT is one of thirteen NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant recipients selected from a competitive application and selection process that drew 55 applications from across the state with a specific focus during the Fall 2022 cycle on supporting under-served entrepreneurs in the state.

“These awards are a direct investment in the equitable startup ecosystems of North Carolina and affirm our commitment to empower more people to pursue their entrepreneurial ambition. It is a fitting way to conclude our 2022 Ecosystem Summit,” said Thom Ruhe, CEO and President of NC IDEA Foundation.

Eric Lewis, Executive Director of NXT | CLT said, “We are thrilled to receive this grant and to partner with NC IDEA to help BIPOC Business Owners “These kinds of financial gifts create impact in our community. It helps ESO’s like NXT|CLT to continually provide wraparound support to untapped talented BIPOC business owners in Charlotte so they can grow and scale their businesses faster, create more jobs in our community, and strengthen our local economy.”


NXT|CLT is a 501c3 business accelerator initiative whose mission is Building Charlotte’s Next Generation of Successful Enterprise Companies Owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

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