Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Innovate Raleigh Announces 3rd Annual Summit and Inaugural Startup Crawl

Innovate Raleigh has announced details for the third annual Innovation Summit on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at Marbles Kids Museum.

The Summit convenes community thinkers, makers, and doers to look at our region’s entrepreneurial landscape, identify what’s missing, and generate ideas to fill the gaps.  Previous events inspired the creation of HQ Raleigh, the TriangulateNC site, and a direct flight to San Francisco.

This year’s event will feature talks by Lyle Estill, Founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a Triangle coop offering clean renewable fuels, and Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of Chicago’s TechStars, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators.

Says Henikoff, “As an entrepreneur and investor, I’m constantly looking for what’s next not just for Chicago, but across the nation.  I’m excited to be part of the entrepreneurial momentum created by Innovate Raleigh, to have the chance to share insight from my experiences in Chicago, and to return home with new ideas and energy!”

The day will also include three breakout sessions, hosted at Artspace, 214 Martin, and the Stockroom. These working groups are an opportunity for entrepreneurial and civic leaders to collaborate and drive innovation at a citywide and regional level.

In addition to the Summit, Innovate Raleigh has also announced plans for Raleigh’s first-ever Startup Crawl. The Crawl will showcase innovative spaces throughout downtown, including HQ Raleigh, American Underground, DesignBox, and more. Similar to an art walk, participants will embark on a self-guided tour through the Warehouse District and the Fayetteville Street Business District. Each space will have networking opportunities with local startups and investors.

Both events are presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by Rex Healthcare, Big Pixel, Red Hat, Raleigh Economic Development, NC State, Wake County Economic Development, and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

All those interested in attending can learn more here: www.innovateraleigh.com/the-summit/

Please contact Allyson Sutton at 919-300-6917 with any questions.

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