Charlotte’s startup community is growing. Detailed Block has the numbers to support that feeling. However, what supports those numbers are the people who do things and not asking for anything in return.
Justin Gaither and eCampus, a services platform for college students, took home the top prize and a $25K check at the Charlotte Chamber Power Up Challenge finals held at Label Charlotte last night. The audience vote determined the winner and a Chamber representative announced that Gaither won by two votes. Continue Reading →
OrdrIT allows patrons at entertainment venues to order concessions right from their seat. Attendees can fire up OrdrIT's iOS and Android app, choose their seat number, order their desired items and a stadium employee will deliver the order to them. The founders came up with the idea from an entrepreneurship class at Clarkson University. Continue Reading →
Today marks the second year of SHAPE Charlotte. The event gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for cash prizes after presenting their business idea to a collection of judges. SHAPE Charlotte’s 2012 winner was a mobile food truck named Queen City Mobile Market. The twist on the food truck idea is that it delivers healthy food options such as fruits and vegetables to Charlotte food deserts. Food deserts are neighborhoods that do not have a nearby grocery store which provides fresh produce. After winning, the company received a healthy assortment of media attention and became a member of Queen City Forward’s Social Innovation Incubator, but has not launched. Continue Reading →
Last month, Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) brought FailCon, a one-day conference that studied how failure can help build success, to Charlotte. Here are three takeaways from the conference. Continue Reading →
Outlaw Fasteners feels that it has created a product that can get take away large market share from the historically dominant Phillips screw. But is its technological superiority enough to convince consumers to switch? Continue Reading →