A Big Week for (Current & Wannabe) Entrepreneurs And Startups In The Triangle
August 23, 2012 Leave a comment
It has been a big week in the Triangle area for those in and around startups, or those thinking about a new entrepreneurial venture.
In any given week, there are always good events to network and get re-acquainted with those you may not have seen around. This is true for the Triangle area too. However, this week we saw three different great events to not only network, but learn and understand hoe innovative and entrepreneurial the area really is. One of these events was on Tuesday, August 21, when CED had a Startup Resource Fair which brought together over 30 of the Triangle region’s entrepreneurial resources to pitch how they will help entrepreneurs start and grow their company. These organizations helped startups by finding a variety of services including mentoring, peer networking, learning how to get access to capital, business planning, peer learning groups, and more.
Included for the entrepreneurs were “Reverse Pitches”, which the support organizations will pitch to the entrepreneur on why they are the best resource to start and grow the company, informal networking and a “Entrepreneur’s Cheat Sheet”, a resource guide to what these organizations do and where to find them.
Startup and Play had their second event on Wednesday evening at the new LocalSense location in the Warehouse District of Raleigh. It was a great event to network with entrepreneurs and meet interesting, young consumer companies from across a wide range of backgrounds and industries. Attendees were able to play with the companies product, provide feedback, and more. The companies included:
- Offline Media, Inc
- Lumina Clothing
- Cornhole Express
- Nello’s Sauce
- The Art of Cool Project
- Symbology Clothing
- Freshly Given
Even with two great events, I thought the Monday launch of Startup NC was the best and started the week off with a bang! Startup NC, an official Startup America Partnership region, is an open and collaborative organization focused on taking action to improve North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. There was also a launch event occurring simultaneously in the Charlotte, NC.
The event was filled with entrepreneurs, supporters, government leaders, investors, and other distinguished guest. The atmosphere was electric while many of the keynote speakers presented their vision for the future of the Triangle in relation to startups. Also, a few others had the opportunity to present innovative ideas on how how we can work together to take North Carolina’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to the next level based on what attendees voted on before the event started.
In know for me, it has been a long week with all of these events. But just thinking back over it makes me excited about the possibilities for the future of the Triangle startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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