In 2010, Dan Roselli had a vision for the future of Charlotte.
“We had this hypothesis that if we created a physical hub for entrepreneurship it would allow the entrepreneurial community to interact and result in a really strong, vibrant, interconnected community,” Roselli says.
So Roselli and his wife, Sara, bought an “85 percent empty” office building in the city’s downtown and transformed it into Packard Place, an entrepreneurship hub that helps local entrepreneurs by connecting them to mentors and other resources.
“Our alumni have raised almost $1 billion in venture capital and created 550 local jobs. There have been almost 2,000 different entrepreneurial meetups and events, all of which has had a transformative effect on Charlotte USA,” says Roselli.
Packard Place – which includes RevTech Labs, a place for tech startups to launch – doesn't exist in a vacuum in the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.