Detailed Block attended Dig South and came back with a few reflections on charlotte's startup scene. Once the community starts to solve these cultural problems the community . Charlotte its time to build something.
Last week, I mentioned that Charlotte has a small branding problem. Initiatives such as “made with love in Charlotte” have failed to grow here. Charlotte developer and technical consultant Jim Van Fleet announced his desire to create a better logo for the city of Charlotte.
The Charlotte Venture Challenge finalists have been announced. CVC will showcase the teams at the May 1st event. Over 100 startups located through out the southeast applied for the competition. The Grand Prize Winner from last year, Bio-Adhesive Alliance, was awarded $35,000. Finalists will present their businesses and answer questions from panels of investors and corporate executives and a winner will be chosen by each panel. Competition categories include consumer products and services, life sciences and biotechnology, IT & informatics, new energy and high tech, undergraduate student ventures and graduate student ventures. The teams in those categories are below. Continue Reading →
In her role as executive director of CLT Joules, Lori Collins will champion entrepreneurship for energy startups. She believes Charlotte can be a thought leader in the energy industry for entrepreneurs. Continue Reading →
Last week, local entrepreneur Alan Fitzpatrick asked an informal poll on his twitter page. This poll had one question. https://twitter.com/AFitzpatrick1/status/445538152888164352
I retweeted the poll curious to see how others thought and 36 respondents answered. These results match up with my casual discussions with members of the startup community. 14 respondents said that both capital and talent are scarce. Continue Reading →
Recently, Queen City Forward has changed the name of their social incubator. In the past, it was called Social Innovation Accelerator now it is called Impact3. The demo day for their last class was left with standing room only. They have now released the names of the organizations chosen for their Spring 2014 Impact3 class. 100 Gardens: creates aquaponics systems for learning centers. Continue Reading →