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NC DataPalooza Finale is September 21

Raleigh, NC – The six month long NC Datapalooza competition is coming to a close on September 21, 2015. The competition started on May 16th with a day-long TechJam. Teams from TechJam, teams from CityCamp NC and others entered into the competition. Last week there was a pitch day and 3 teams were selected for a 30 day sprint prior to the final pitch day on September 21st.

NC Datapalooza Finalists

  • Open 511 – Automate exchange of road closure information from government (and possibly individual reporters) back to navigation systems such as Waze and Google Maps.
  • Bernie Sez – The objective is to create more transparency in our judicial system.
  • Points of Note – Building off the CityCamp NC 2015 winning proposal.

Besides seeing the pitches and hearing from distinguished judges and panelists the event will also feature remarks from Rob Burns, CEO of and a Keynote Speaker – Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat.

NC Datapalooza Finale Details

  • What: Join us on September 21st for the third annual NC DataPalooza Finale!
  • Where: Red Hat Annex, 190 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • When: Monday, September 21, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Why: NC DataPalooza is a regional open-data competition that connects local entrepreneurs with relevant, clean data drawn from national, state, and local resources to develop applications and solutions that catalyze positive community and economic impact.
  • NC DataPalooza Website
  • NC Datapalooza Final Event Registration

Previous Articles on NC Datapalooza

Disclosure: Tech Tank Managing Partner Ian Henshaw is a member of the NC Datapalooza finalist team, Open511.

Citrix Startup Accelerator: Innovators Program

NEW Venture Accelerator in the Triangle

Raleigh, NC – In partnership with HQ Raleigh, Citrix has officially launched the Venture Startup Accelerator Innovators Program.

Jason Widen, Executive Director and Co-Founder of HQ Raleigh, states:

We are very excited and hope this continues to push Raleigh forward.

Citrix Venture Startup Accelerator Innovators Program

Ten teams will be selected to receive financial support, in-depth training, and a workspace at the new Citrix Sharefile office in the Warehouse District. All interested candidates must submit their applications by Friday, August 29th. Winning participants will be announced at the Innovate Raleigh Summit on Sept. 10, and the program officially begins Sept. 17.

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

Who should apply?

We’re looking for a diverse group of both intra and entrepreneurs. Really, we want anyone with an idea how to improve business technology and help people work smarter.

Visit: to learn more about the program and how to apply.

About The Program

Bring your vision to fruition.
Join the Innovators.
Be a catalyst for the future workplace.

The Innovators Program is a three-month residency at key locations around the world, where small entrepreneurial teams and new corporate product teams receive training and coaching in leading-edge collaboration, design thinking and lean startup approaches.

The HQ Raleigh/Citrix Startup Accelerator Innovators Program is looking for great teams ready to test their business model. Selected teams will be provided with the resources, support and training to envision and bring to fruition world-changing business solutions in the areas of cloud, mobile, document management, collaboration, video, IoT (Internet of Things), and enterprise technologies. Raleigh entrepreneurs will learn alongside new corporate product teams.

The teams will meet every Thursday for twelve weeks, beginning September 17th at the new ultra-modern Citrix Sharefile office.

Citrix Sharefile Raleigh Office

The new ultra-modern Citrix Sharefile office is in the warehouse district, just west of downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. The building includes high tech meeting rooms and workstations, a bocce court, living wall, and a rooftop restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. It is a fitting place to design the revolutionary mobile workstyle technologies of the future.

Important Details

  • Applications for the Raleigh, North Carolina Innovators Program are open only until August 29, 2014.
  • Winning participants will be announced at the Innovate Raleigh Summit on September 10, 2014.
  • The program officially begins September 17, 2014.
  • Innovators Program Website – Learn more about the program and how to apply.
2014 NC DataPalooza Last Chance to Register is June 16

Last Chance to Enter NC DataPalooza

Raleigh, NC – You have until June 16th to enter a team in the NC DataPalooza competition. You may have heard about the Startup Weekend associated with DataPalooza? That was not the last chance to participate this year! NC DataPalooza is still looking for additional team participation. If you have a great business idea related to health and open data, please submit it!

How do I Register?

  • All entries are due by JUNE 16th.
  • Submit your idea using this Google Entry Form
  • Remember – “Health”, “Open Data” and the deadline of June 16!

More NC Datapalooza Details

  • HQ Raleigh, (310 S. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC) will host an open work session on JUNE 26th from 6-8pm
  • Additional mentoring sessions with the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and data experts will take place during the summer.
  • Each team will be paired with coaches following the June 16th submission deadline.
  • Win up to $3,000 at the final pitch event!
  • The final NC DataPalooza pitch event is tentatively set for the morning of Friday, September 12th. Location and registration details coming soon.

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NC Datapalooza Starts April 24

Raleigh, NC – The 2014 NC Datapalooza program this year kicks off with a boot camp next Thursday night from 5:30 – 8 PM at the new HQ Raleigh location. Make sure you attend this session to get a jump on the whole datapalooza process.

What is NC Datapalooza?

NC Datapalooza is a competition where teams build commercial products or services based on Open Data. The Datapalooza process is extended to allow you the time to build really good and well thought through ideas. There are lots of resources available to the NC Datapalooza teams to help challenge and refine your ideas. This year, the NC Datapalooza process focuses on the Health Care vertical.

Why go to Boot Camp?

The Datapalooza program this year will have some new elements to help you to better develop your ideas and offerings. Starting with Boot Camp next week, there will be a Startup Weekend May 9-11 followed by a period of mentoring and product development and ending with final presentations and awards in September. While you might be able to start NC Datapalooza some time else during the process, your best bet is to start at the beginning and take in all of the goodness that NC Datapalooza has to offer!

Boot Camp Details

  • What: NC Datapalooza Boot Camp
  • When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • Where: HQ Raleigh, 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • NC Datapalooza Boot Camp Registration Site

What to Expect From NC Datapalooza

I was part of a NC Datapalooza team last year and wrote about my experience in the process. There are new elements that are being added this year, but the article will give you a flavor of what to expect through the process.

Past Articles on NC Datapalooza

Disclosure: Ian Henshaw and Technology Tank are part of the organizing team for the 2014 NC Datapalooza.

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Maker Weekend Recap

Raleigh, NC – This weekend was the Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition. I attended on Sunday to spread the word through social media and to see what the teams have been up to over the 54 hour weekend. HQ Raleigh was a perfect location to hold the event as 16 teams were able to find various nooks and crannies all over the facility to meet and innovate.

The Maker weekend was run by Sean Newman Maroni of BetaVersity and Lance Cassidy of DX Lab Design.

The Teams

  1. Beer Buoy / Poolzie – The problem is that your beer (or beverage) does not float straight up in water. Demo showed MVP with someone in a pool (in early April, Brrr…)
  2. Where’s My Coupon? – Changing how people find coupons, providing coupons when you need them.
  3. Can Impact – Socially conscious company to provide a product with the proceeds supporting working wells in disadvantaged countries. “1 ‘Can’ in every backpack and boardroom.”
  4. Paparazzi Feeder – A tech packed bird feeder that takes your bird pix at the perfect time and better yet, sends them via a Twitter stream! (Squirrel repellent was not addressed…)
  5. Tangicode – Teaching kids to learn code in a fun and interactive way.
  6. Lyfe Loop – A biometric trigger to start recording on Glass to capture life’s moments.
  7. Buildz-a-Bot – Empowering children to modify their robots to match their own imaginations.
  8. Gather – Monthly packages of local products for local people delivered by bike.
  9. Right Wrap – Gift wrapping stretchable and reusable fabric to combat the enemy of wrapping paper.
  10. PedSights – Wearable sensors to aid in the proper diagnosis of children suffering form Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and Tremors.
  11. Vice Grips – Wrap to protect hands from calluses caused by Cross Fit and Kettle Bell training regimens.
  12. Keyleaf – A combination of key ring and wallet to eliminate the problems of classical key rings.
  13. Roam – A wireless child bracelet that alarms if your child strays too far.
  14. Smoke Signal – Drones used for emergency rescue that can drop emergency supplies or hover to pinpoint location of needed service. Who let a drone loose in HQ Raleigh?
  15. See-U – A “healfie” to track health over time by taking images of body parts as well as creating personal data.

(One team pivoted too late and had to pull out…)

Winning Teams

  • 1st Place – Roam – Best demo and use of advertising in-house during the event.
  • 2nd Place – Can Impact
  • 3rd Place – Smoke Signal – Pivoted at ~7pm on Saturday! Great recovery.
  • Crowd Choice – Roam
  • DX Lab Design, Design Sprint Award – Paparazzi Feeder

Pictures from Maker Weekend

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Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Beta Box by BetaVersity

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition TSW Cookie press by Archana Gowda

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Previous Tech Tank Articles on Startup Weekends

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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! 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.

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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?


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.

Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons

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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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Tech Explosion in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – Today there was not one but two different major tech announcements in Raleigh. Innovation is really taking off in Raleigh!

American Underground

American Underground announced an expansion into Raleigh aptly named @Raleigh. @Raleigh will be located at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, right above the bar Foundation. the building will feature a “regional coworking desk,” allowing startups in the Underground to work in any Underground location. This means a startup based in Raleigh can take meetings at both of the Durham-based spaces and not miss a beat. See the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh (recently renamed from HUB Raleigh) announced they are moving to new, larger space in the warehouse district. Their future home is located at 310 Harrington Street, directly behind the Contemporary Art Museum. The move is expected for Fall 2013. See the HQ Raleigh Press Release and the Triangle Business Journal story for more information.