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The @bigfleet beat: July’s startup news & events

Posted on 9 Jul 2013 by bigfleet

Each month, Jim Van Fleet distills the city’s startup community news and events into a single, easy-to-read digest. You can get this same information delivered directly to your inbox by signing up here.

A Celebration

I started publishing this newsletter about Charlotte Startups two years ago this month. I’m celebrating by bringing you my favorite issue ever.

I’ll start with the best opportunity I’ve ever offered my audience. If you desire funding for your startup, I urge you to take 2 minutes to pitch me at this website. If I like what I see, you’ve got a great chance to reprise your pitch to representatives from one of the most active seed stage investors in the region, next week. Yes, really.

For the more timid, you can RSVP to watch it live! Vic Howie and I host an event called TechBreakfast CLT, where we welcome startups to practice their pitches. At The Garage at Packard Place, second Wednesday of every month, we’ve built a friendly atmosphere where aspiring entrepreneurs can get great feedback from great panelists. Bookmark our site and come visit every month.

This month in particular, we are delighted to welcome our esteemed guests from IDEA Fund Partners, masterminds behind the NC IDEA Grant (who just awarded Charlotte company ProctorFree free money) . Charlotte’s own Chris Halligan will be joining Lister Delgado and David Rizzo as our panelists for this month’s event. IDEA Fund Partners has seen dozens of the best startups the state has to offer, and has a great investment record to match. They’ve developed their own concept called IDEA Pitch, that’s similar to TechBreakfast, but focused on the elevator pitch. Take a few minutes to practice and deliver your 120 second pitch, and you might get 20 minutes of feedback from real investors and our audience.

If I had a fundable idea, I’d be first in line for this. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

My Ideas

My subscribers read earlier this month about my newest startup, Launchpad Code Academy. We received some coverage from the Charlotte Business Journal this past week, and I’m proud to announce that we are now open for deposits. You can read more about us, and our classes, too. If you want to see what happens with Launchpad Code Academy, you can subscribe to our newsletter.

I started Launchpad Code Academy because I want more people in the technical community here in Charlotte. We at LCPA are happy to sponsor Rails Girls CLT, a technology education event for women, because, in particular, we want more women to feel welcome in this community.

Finally, Packard Place is hosting a Startup Social for us on July 23. Hope to see you there.

On Your Calendar

Info Session for Charlotte Chamber Power Up Chapter Challenge

Monday, July 15, 5-6PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Venue: Packard Place

The Power Up chapter challenge is a great new program that the Chamber has expanded this year to help highlight its promising young companies. Learn more about it (and the $25,000 prize to the winner) at Packard Place on the 15th. RSVP today.

Mamizi Launch Party

Friday, July 19, 5:307:30PM
Cost: Free
Host: A Cultivated Mind
Venue: Packard Place

Packard Place hosts a startup launch party. I’ve never regretting attending something like that.


September 57
Cost: Starts at $149
Venue: Blake Hotel

I’ve been promoting the tech community in Charlotte for a long time now, and there’s no more familiar face than Bermon Painter. And not just for that to-die-for mustache. Bermon’s been producing a great stream of events for quite awhile now, now we get to see what it looks like when he puts on a conference. BlendConf will be happening this fall, uptown, and I’ll have a front-row seat. I hope you’ll join me there. This conference will probably sell out, so RSVP today. Don’t say I didn’t try to get you in.

Save The Date

Triangle Startup Weekend

I’ve been a long-term volunteer at Charlotte Startup Weekend, and I love that event series. If the idea of a Startup Weekend sounds good to you, then you should consider heading up to Triangle Startup Weekend next weekend, the 12th-14th. It’s a great experience, and I recommend them whenever you get a chance.

Ignite! Charlotte

I love the Ignite Charlotte series. Plan to be at the Neighborhood Theater on September 17th for Ignite Charlotte 6. I plan on submitting a talk for this one, and I’d love for you to join me there. Talk submissions for Ignite Charlotte 6 will be open on July 17, and you can apply on apply on their website.

Pecha Kucha

The cultural and design communities in Charlotte are some of its strongest and best. Experience them at Pecha Kucha. The 10th event in that series will be on August 29, and will definitely sell out. You can apply to present before the submission deadline of July 31. Find out more at the Point 8 site.

The Social Innovation Accelerator

Queen City forward got some great press in the Charlotte Observer recently, and hot of the heels of their participation in Demo Day, they are opening another accelerator this fall, focused on social innovation. Charles Thomas is a credit to this community, and kudos to him for providing more opportunity for our social enterprises here in Charlotte.

The Social Innovation Accelerator will open for applications on July 15.

Road Trips

I don’t hit the road that often anymore with my two year old JJ in the picture, but I just had to mention the amazing experiences I’ve had at ConvergeSE and Greenville Grok. Thanks so much to the organizers of those great events, and I hope you’ll have a chance to join me there next year.


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