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Charlotte Observer: Innovation Underway Closer to Home

Hannah LevinsonIn response to the Charlotte Observer piece "Study shows Charlotte lags in start-ups, venture capital," Davidson's Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hannah Levinson writes that higher education is critical for innovation. The original piece takes a look at a recent study comparing Charlotte to its peer cities based on the number of new businesses, inventions, patents, venture capital and number of students per capita.

Levinson points out that Charlotte-area colleges and universities are catching up to schools in areas such as the Research Triangle. Davidson's Venture Fund and increasing incentives for recent graduates to remain in the Charlotte area bolster local innovation.

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