Ascend was selected to participate in Seed the South’s Big Pitch competition on Thursday, January 23, 2020. The goal of Seed the South is to “engage new and current investors, elevate the Charlotte ecosystem, and showcase the Queen City’s innovative startups.” 

According to Seed the South and Collective Hustle founder Sam Smith, “Seed the South is the only event in Charlotte highlighting early-stage startups through a pitch competition and investor symposium…[and] provides [startups with] a unique opportunity to meet the leading investors in the Carolinas and [for investors to] see the businesses of the future.”

Ascend will pitch alongside five other startups. “For our team at Ascend, participating in the Seed to South Big Pitch competition is a great opportunity to get our message of upward mobility and goal setting to a broader audience of investors, as well as to connect with other people in the Charlotte startup community,” said Christine Nicodemus, COO and co-founder of Ascend, “we have such a supportive network of founders and investors who lift one another up in this region, and we’re excited to see everyone come together over the course of the week.”

Seed the South is one event of many throughout Charlotte Innovation Week. In addition to being selected as Big Pitch participants for Seed the South, Ascend was also selected as a winner for Charlotte Inno on Fire. “It will definitely be a busy week, and we’re honored to have been selected for so many opportunities to bring more awareness to our company and mission,” added Nicodemus.

Charlotte Innovation Week, including Seed the South, is January 21-24, 2020 at the Foundation for the Carolinas.


About Ascend

Ascend Inc. is a student empowerment platform that enables schools and mentoring organizations to cultivate, track, and measure goals and achievement. Ascend is proud to be a minority and woman-owned business and supports organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and beyond.