Triangle Startup Weekend: What did you do this weekend?

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Last weekend, CED was one of the hosts for Triangle Startup Weekend – an event to build a company in 54 hours.  According to Joan Siefert Rose of CED, there where nearly 200 people for the kickoff, and more than 100 people worked over throughout the weekend in the American Underground to create their companies. Eighteen teams presented the result of their concentrated efforts Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to Joan for sharing news of the winners:

  • First Place: YardSprout, a company matching homeowners with master gardeners to help cultivate part of their lawn to grow food
  • Second Place: DoTheData, a company founded by Jenny Eigenrauch and Wendy Lybrand, counselors in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The technology is designed to help counselors manage student records in a more efficient and actionable way.
  • Third Place: Knackeo, a company dedicated to helping individuals develop the “knack” for certain skills by linking them with the right people and resources. 

Special kudos to the judges – Jason Caplain of Southern Capitol Ventures; Joe Colopy of Bronto; Brian Handly, advisor at RingLeader Digital; Joe Velk of Contender Capital; and Richard White of UserVoice. And special thanks to the other organizers: Triangle Interactive Marketing Association, Triangle Business Law, with help from Group Story and ReverbNation, in partnership with Startup Weekend, a nonprofit based in Seattle. 

Entrepreneurs. Electronics. Elevators. Expansions. Oh my.

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Phew! It’s Friday. And what a week! A week filled with excitement and energy in and around the RTP and the Triangle. Bear with me as I recap… I promise, I have an important point.

  • Entrepreneurs. As many of you know, we started the week with a bang as The Blackstone Charitable Foundation committed $3.6 million in 2011 to support a dense network of entrepreneurial support in this region.
  • Electronics. The RTP community through wind rain and sun came out in force to recycle old electronics and donate reusable computers to Kramden Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit charitable institution to refurbish. Kramden then empowers hardworking, less-advantaged students in the community by giving them home computers, allowing them to bridge the digital divide and advance their achievement.
  • Elevators. Elevator pitches that is – during a 2-minute lightening round from some of the most promising start-ups and some serial entrepreneurs at the CED Venture Conference. First, can I just say the coffee at the beautiful and expansive Raleigh Convention Center rocks! And second, we’ve got some serious rock-stars in this area. Michael Capps at Epic Games. You crushed it. Ben Weinberger at Digitalsmiths. Just to name a few.
  • Expansions. I told you. It was a busy week! RTI International held a grand opening event for their gorgeous, new 127,000 square-foot LEED Silver Building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) on its main campus in the Park. And we celebrated with nearly 300 Biogen Idec employees and partners from the RTP and from around the region and broke ground for an 180,000-square-foot LEED office building, expanding their presence in the Park. Continue reading

New RTP speaker series: ‘Marketing Mondays’

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The Research Triangle Park and Quarry Integrated Communications are introducing Marketing Mondays, a monthly speaker series focused on helping business people in the Park (and across the Research Triangle region) market their products, services and technologies more effectively. Other Marketing Mondays proud partners include CED (formerly The Council for Entrepreneurial Development), the largest entrepreneurial support organization of its kind in the United States.

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The inaugural Marketing Monday will be held on Monday, Aug. 9 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and will feature location-based marketing experts Wayne Sutton and Lawrence Ingraham of  Tri-Out. Location-based marketing is the interaction with customers based on their location, offering value-based opportunities to increase customer loyalty and social sharing.

Alan Quarry

Future speakers will include: Paul Kalbfleisch, Vice President of Brand Creativity at BlackBerry; and Robert F. Lauterborn, author, consultant, and retired professor of advertising from the University of North Carolina. Marketing Mondays will also feature remarks by Alan Quarry, Chairman and CEO of Quarry Integrated Communications.

“Marketing has entered a new era with the emergence of innovative technologies and practices,” says Cara Rousseau, RTP Director of Partnership Initiatives. “Our goal is to help anyone with an interest in engaging with their customers and target communities to re-think and re-search how to successfully build their business in today’s economic and technology climate.”

Marketing Mondays will be hosted at the RTP Headquarters at 12 Davis Drive in The Research Triangle Park. A networking reception will follow each program. Admission is free. However, attendees are asked to RSVP at www.marketingmondays.org, or send an email to marketingmondays@quarry.com.

Wayne Sutton

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