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HOTTovation is Open for Applications

Morrisville, NC – The HOTTovation program is starting again on June 1, 2015. Applications are now open and the application period will close on April 30, 2015. An in-person interview will be scheduled within three weeks of the application deadline as part of the application process.

What is HOTTovation?

HOTTovation is a “percolator” allowing people to “perk” an idea into a sellable strategic plan. The HOTTovation program is based off of Morrisville. Morrisville is located at the ‘Heart of the Triangle’, hence the acronym of HOTT.

The program will provide free office space at Campbell University RTP campus to five companies for a period of five months. Additionally, HOTTovation participants will receive a free Morrisville Chamber membership for a year.

Participants will receive points based on the completion of activities designed to give the entrepreneur’s business a solid foundation. At the end of the five months, the participants that have successfully completed the criteria will be invited to a special graduation event. The event will provide access to businesses and individuals to the local financial and start-up community. Assistance in setting up a long-term business mentor will also be provided.

Participants will enter the program on June 1, 2015 and the program ends on October 30, 2015.

HOTTovation Details

  • HOTTovation Program Document and Application
  • HOTTovator Scorecard
  • Applications start April 6, 2015
  • Applications are due by April 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT
  • In-person interviews will be held on May 11-12, 2015
  • Accepted HOTTovators will be notified by May 15, 2015
  • HOTTovation will be begin on June 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM EDT
  • HOTTovation program will end on October 30, 2015

For questions about HOTTovation, please contact Ian Henshaw at (919) 633.0055 or send an e-mail to Ian Henshaw

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Campbell University, RTP Campus is the HOTTovation Facility Gold Sponsor. Wells Fargo is the Startup Gold Sponsor. HOTTovation is produced by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation StartUp program.

Previous Articles on HOTTovation


This article originally appeared on the Morrisville Innovation Blog

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Cary Innovation Center

Cary, NC – Cary Innovation Center located at the Olde Cary Commons in Cary is now under management of Technology Tank. Look for more News very soon.

Follow us on our new Twitter @CaryInnovCtr to find out what is going on in Cary for entrepreneurship and innovation.

What will we be doing you ask? Oh, the normal stuff like hosting networking events connecting awesome people, developing a thriving Co-Working community, supporting budding super-successful entrepreneurs…

Wait!

What do you think we should be doing? How can we best serve you? Let us know by contacting Ian Henshaw or commenting on this post. Thank you in advance.

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Startup Weekends – April 2014

Raleigh, NC – We like to keep you up to date with the Startup Weekend events going on in and around North Carolina because there are always several going on. This is an indication of the strong entrepreneurial activity in the area. The first weekend in April will have 2 events, one in the Triangle and one in the Triad.

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Startup Weekends – April 4-6, 2014

Triangle Startup Weekend - Maker Edition April 4-6, 2014
The Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition is one of the first Maker Startup Weekends on the East Coast. The event will be held at the new HQ Raleigh space in Raleigh.

Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. We’ll have micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on.

Triad Startup Weekend, April 4-6, 2014
The Triad Startup Weekend does not have a specific focus. The event will be held at the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro.

Additional Startup Weekends Planned

There are currently 2 additional Startup Weekends planned for the Triangle and both are focusing on the Health vertical. The event scheduled for May 9-11, 2014 will focus on Open Data powering innovation in the Health vertical and is part of the 2014 NC Datapalooza program and will be held in Raleigh. The second event is scheduled for August 8-10, 2014 and will be held in Durham.

Check back later to see more information about these Startup Weekends.


Previous Tech Tank Articles on Startup Weekends

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NEXT for Serious Entrepreneurs

Raleigh, NC – Here is a great program for all those Triangle entrepreneurs who are standing up a new company or thinking of launching a new venture. NEXT is scheduled in Raleigh for April 2 – May 7, 2014. The registration deadline is March 28, 2014, so don’t delay!

What is NEXT?

NEXT is a product of UP Global which helps startup founders become better prepared to build successful startups. It is a five-week “pre-accelerator” program rooted in Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology, driven by mentors and unique video content. The NEXT program helps founders gain a crucial base of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

My NEXT Experience

I attended the first NEXT program that was held in the Triangle in September 2013. The instructors and mentors were great. We were constantly challenged to “get out of the office” and go and talk to people to validate and hone our ideas and offerings. Over the 5 weeks we did quite a lot of work and were able to make good progress on our venture. We were also able to make great contacts in the Triangle through the organizers John Austin and Mital Patel.

2 of our 7 member team (yes, 7 – quite a large team for a startup) attended the NEXT class and we learned a lot but we started moving faster than the team was comfortable. Ultimately, our team fell apart. I would recommend that all of your team members should attend together so you can make the leap as a group.

Why Register for NEXT?

NEXT is a great program and participating will really help you to develop your idea and validate your concepts and markets so you don’t waste too much time working on a venture that has no market. 20,000 hours is a benchmark of the time you will spend developing your idea. Investing a couple of months of your time now will save you lots of time later!

F6S.com is handling the registration this time for NEXT. Be prepared that they use either your Facebook or Linked-In credentials to register you so you can fill in the application.

NEXT Details

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Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?

Takeaway

I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.


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TechBreakfast Comes to the Triangle

Raleigh, NC – There is a new monthly morning meetup for Tech in the Triangle: Raleigh TechBreakfast. TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast get-together where techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share and learn from their peers. TechBreakfast is a “show and tell” format event where up to five different technologists demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech.

Triple Agnostic

The event is “triple agnostic”. We don’t care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone’s hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech – it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we’re also region agnostic – even if you’re not from where we’re hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

TechBreakfast History

TechBreakfast was founded a few years ago in Baltimore by Ron Schmelzer, a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits under his belt. Ron was tired of seeing many flavors of the same type of startup and wanted to see more diversity of technology. So Ron started inviting people and companies from Energy, Robotics and Bio and not necessarily only startups. The diversity of content really made TechBreakfast take off.

Today there are TechBreakfast meetups in such places as Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Columbia, DC, Northern VA, NYC, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. Raleigh is the newest city to join the TechBreakfast fold.

Raleigh TechBreakfast Meeting Specifics

  • When – Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.
  • Where – HQ Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Registration Site
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Dashboard 2030

Research Triangle, NC – RTI International announced yesterday the release of Dashboard 2030, an online tool to track North Carolina’s progress in economic development, business climate and job growth..

About Dashboard

Dashboard 2030 informs dialogue and catalyzes action to address North Carolina’s economic development challenges and opportunities. It provides independent and objective data on leading indicators of state and business competitiveness. It was created by RTI International and funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, to track progress toward North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future.

Dashboard 2013 Design

The guiding principals for development of Dashboard 2013 are:

  • Independence
  • Objectivity
  • Transparency

RTI International was selected for objectivity and independence.  Transparency: The data is provided so that individuals can understand the indicators and perform additional analysis if they want.

A Useful Tool

We hope that this tool will be valuable for policy formation in North Carolina.  Check out Dashboard 2030 and let us know what you think.

Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in the Triangle area

Global Entrepreneurship Week Recap

Research Triangle, NC – Global Entrepreneurship Week was full of entrepreneurial activity in the Triangle area. On November 15-17, there was a Startup Weekend in Chapel Hill. On Wednesday, November 20, Technology Tank held the Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon and then on November 22-24 another Startup Weekend was held at Elon University!

Triangle Startup Weekend

On November 15-17, there was a Startup Weekend in Chapel Hill. 86 participants formed 11 teams in this 54 hour event. The winning teams were:

  1. Let’s Chip In
    – A crowd funding platform for life’s big events. A favorite of the judges since they actually had revenue during the weekend.
  2. Get Back
    – “Lines suck. Crowd-source your atmosphere, interactions and rewards at the places you frequent.”
  3. Moneyball++
    – A predictive analysis program for Cricket.

More information about this event can be found in the Exit Event article “Chapel Hill’s Triangle Startup Weekend Has More Than Good Looks” by Ann Johnson.

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 20 Technology Tank held the Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon. Over 75 people attended to hear about the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know.

To start the conversation over lunch we had short talks by Jeff Henriod, the Founder of Lets Chip In (the winning team from the preceding weekend’s Triangle Startup Weekend) and Linda Whipker, the President of Wake Robotics.

The program was a Q&A with Mital Patel, a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects. The Q&A was conducted by Hal Goodtree, a Tech Tank fellow and the publisher of CaryCitizen.

The luncheon was a success based on our observation of the networking going on, let alone the quality of the speakers – the attendees reluctantly were seated for lunch and then stayed well after the program, deep in conversation and building new connections!

Triad Startup Weekend

On November 22-24, there was a Startup Weekend a 54 hour event held at Elon University. The winning teams were:

  1. iTellaShare
    – An online client based teaching service.
  2. Hope
    – “Helping Other People Eat”. A new social company focusing on fighting hunger sustainably.
  3. Well Dressed
    – A digital closet idea.

More information about this event can be found in the News & Record article “Startup competition provides prizes, feedback

Global Startup Battle

Global Startup Battle is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

200 Cities. Thousands of entrepreneurs. One battle.

The winning teams from the 200 Startup Weekends held over the last 2 weekends are able to compete for fame and fortune. Each team has to submit a 60 second video to be considered for the competition. We will have to wait and see if any of our winning teams makes the cut.

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So these were not the only entrepreneurial events going on this past week.  What did I miss?

Global Entrepreneurship Week Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

Discount for Tech Tank Readers

Cary, NC – Technology Tank is offering a discount promotional code to our followers for our luncheon on this Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Use the promotion code “TechTank” for a nice discount off the normal price of this luncheon.

What is the Luncheon?

The luncheon is to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime. Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects and we will find out the 4 Things every Triangle entrepreneur needs to know. You don’t want to miss this important entrepreneurship event in the Triangle. Tickets are limited so register now.

Luncheon Details

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)
Cary, NC | Embassy Suites, Cary:
Discount Code “TechTank”

There are more details on the registration site.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Global Entrepreneurship Week – Triangle Luncheon Nov 20

Research Triangle, NC – Join us in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with a Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon at Embassy Suites.

Triangle Takes Off

There’s a new buzz in the Triangle as entrepreneurship and technology cross-pollinate like never before.

Witness the expansion of American Underground and HQ Raleigh. Google’s been making its presence felt with the first public debut of Google Glass and the establishment of a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub in Durham.

It’s no wonder the Triangle is ranked one of the top 5 areas for technology in the United States.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is not one single event–it is tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions happening in more than 130 countries.

Triangle Entrepreneurs Luncheon

What better way to celebrate entrepreneurship than with a little power networking and a luncheon? We’ve lined up Mital Patel for some Q&A during lunchtime.

Mital is a key cog in the Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem. A lawyer and technologist, Mital has been part of the some of the Triangle’s most interesting projects.

The Q&A will be conducted by Hal Goodtree, a Tech Tank fellow and the publisher of CaryCitizen.

Event Details

Registration starts at 11am and Lunch and the program starts at 11:30am

The luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites, Raleigh – Durham/Research Triangle, located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd in Cary, NC (just off I-40 at the N. Harrison Avenue Exit #287)

Tickets are $40, include lunch and are limited so reserve your spot today.

This luncheon is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and immediately follows the Triangle Startup Weekend held in Chapel Hill that is competing in the 2013 Global Startup Battle!