- Co//ab Hosts the Queen of Raw
Greensboro Startup Grind Hosts Stepahnie Benedetto - Queen of Raw Tuesday Night - April 23 - Starts at 5:30 Register at: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-greensboro-presents-queen-of-raw-tackles-textiles-achilles-heel/#/ Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL LAUNCH.org Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0, and was a Finalist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, Rent the Runway/UBS Project Entrepreneur, and the $1M Verizon Powerful Answers Award. She is a Member of Pledge 1% and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney. We set up meetings for her with some of the region's top apparel companies. The company has launched Materia MX, a Next gen supply chain software that connects tier 1, tier 2, & tier 3 suppliers, repairs holes in the chain, and intelligently prevents future waste. The textile industry is second only to agriculture as the biggest polluter of clean water globally. Come listen and learn about Stepahnie's amazing journey.
- Data Matters - An Authorized Google Workshop
Save your seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-data-to-drive-growth-tickets-53880707647 Description Sponsored by Flywheel and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Learn about tools to help you collect and interpret real-time information about how customers are interacting with you online, so, you can make smarter decisions about how to reach key audiences on your budget, timeline, and terms. What you'll learn Learn about tools that can help you understand customer behavior with your online presence. We’ll show you how you can use this info to make informed decisions about your ongoing online marketing strategy. In this session we’ll introduce talk about: ● Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them) ● Incorporating data into your plan ● Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need About the Instructor - Demming Bass: Demming is a national speaker and trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online program and the CEO of two creative marketing consulting firms. His marketing, branding and public relations career began in the early 1990s. After an award-winning career as a chamber of commerce executive in NC and GA for 17 years, he became Constant Contact’s Southeast U.S. Regional Development Director where he trained more than 8,000 small businesses, nonprofits and chambers how to be better marketers. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Notable Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine, one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Leaders in Georgia by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend, and North Carolina State University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni in the field of Communication and Public Relations. Demming graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University and earned the Institute of Organizational Management IOM) professional designation from the College of Charleston.
- Distribute the Future
Fireside Chat with Sean Maroni, CEO of Beta Box Free food and drink - network in style Register at https://www.startupgrind.com/winston-salem/ Sean Maroni is the CEO and founder of Betabox and he believes hands-on, experiential learning is the missing ingredient required to prepare students for the complex, uncertain future before us all. Betabox offers an immersive experience in design thinking and rapid prototyping in the form of a fully equipped lab delivered to your doorstep. They offer ‘onsite field trips’ to public and private schools in Betabox Mobile Tech Labs, with many engagements fully funded by industry partners. Their approach has been to lower the per student cost of quality hands-on learning. Our belief is this economic shift will increase the demand and practicality of hands-on learning when compared to the traditional ‘Sage on a Stage’ model. This leveraged effect could redefine the trajectories of careers for millions of young people around the world. A 2014 graduate of NCSU with a BS in Mechanical engineering, Sean founded Beta Box in 3015 and cofounded Nest coworking, Raleigh NC in 2016. Before founding Beta Box, Sean interned at NASA as the Langley Research Center in Norfolk VA, where he created a virtual networking interface designed to connect engineers and improve digital communication using 3D immersion technology. In 2013 he developed and researched products for the energy sector at TE Connectivity. There he designed a system for simulating Aeolian vibration in above ground power applications and was involved in the development of custom-built manufacturing equipment. He worked with the CIO to improve the corporate innovation culture.
- Meet Haley Bohon - CEO of Skillpop
Where: Flywheel Cooking, 40 Design Ave. Free: Parking Food and Drinks: Provided REGISTER HERE: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-winston-salem-presents-fireside-chat-with-skillpop-ceo-haley-bohon/#/ Haley Bohon graduated in 2012 from NC State with a degree in mechanical engineering. After stints with Newell Rubbermaid and Passport as a Project Manager, Haley was looking for a way to socialize outside the normal circles and continue to broaden her interest areas with quick in-person development. She found out a lot of other people had the same need. The idea for SkillPop was formed. SkillPop is one of Charlotte's fastest growing startups fresh out of the Techstars Austin program. SkillPop believes that the best learning happens in-person, and strives to create environments where trying a new skill is social, accessible, and engaging. You shouldn’t have to spend huge amounts of time or money just to try something new or build your skills, so they make it simpler. Haley has tapped into a huge unmet need by delivering quick doses of learning in popular skill areas through community partners like coworking spaces and local professionals. Whether you’re learning about watercolors, marketing or anything else, SkillPop classes are designed to stretch you beyond the ordinary. Their teachers are established local experts looking to share their skills, and each class is bite-sized and focused so that you leave with the tools and knowledge to start pursuing your passion. SkillPop recognizes the importance of deep community involvement, so courses are held pop-up style in unique locations throughout the city. They keep class sizes small to help you get the most out of the class and encourage easy connections in a new environment. What’s important to Haley? Come find out why she has set her north star around these cultural pillars: Celebration is important Being scrappy is important – get things done – Experiment and learn There is a solution for every problem Do work that matters Make earning accessible SkillPop was founded on 2015. Working out of a home office for the first 12 months and bootstrapping into a self-funded revenue flow, Haley has been fiscally conservative and used classic lean methods to build/test/learn. With a team of eight people, the company is now ready to scale with an upcoming seed round fundraise, leveraging the connections she acquired through the Techstars program. Speaking of which, we will explore in depth her experience in the accelerator and the benefit she got out of the experience.
- Red Hot Chili Bowl - At Flywheel
Close the year out at the 2nd Annual Red Hot Chili Bowl at Flywheel. Register here: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-winston-salem-presents-red-hot-party-to-celebrate-2018-december-18/#/ This year all proceeds go to the fund drive to send a delegation of eight or more Triad Startup Companies to the Startup Grind Global Conference in February 2019. To make a donation right now, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/send-the-triad-to-startup-grind-global In addition to the Chili Cookoff competition we are hosting an EA Sports Collegiate Football competition. Come play a 5 minute quarter for your Alma Mater!
- Google is in Town
Reach Customers Online With Google The Authorized Workshop Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reach-customers-online-with-google-tickets-52350004272 Sponsored by Flywheel and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using a free business listing, search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, and online advertising. We’ll introduce some tools that can help, including Google Analytics and Google Trends. In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for: Creating a free Google My Business listing Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices Advertising your business on Google About the Instructor - Demming Bass: Demming is a national speaker and trainer for Google’s Get Your Business Online program and the CEO of two creative marketing consulting firms. His marketing, branding and public relations career began in the early 1990s. After an award-winning career as a chamber of commerce executive in NC and GA for 17 years, he became Constant Contact’s Southeast U.S. Regional Development Director where he trained more than 8,000 small businesses, nonprofits and chambers how to be better marketers. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Notable Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine, one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Leaders in Georgia by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend, and North Carolina State University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni in the field of Communication and Public Relations. Demming graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University and earned the Institute of Organizational Management IOM) professional designation from the College of Charleston.
- THIS FRIDAY - Flywheel Hosts Techstars Global Startup Weekend
Start a startup in 54 hours. Have a blast - experience and learn. Join Techstars' Global Network. REGISTER HERE: http://communities.techstars.com/usa/winston-salem-nc-usa/startup-weekend/13406 This is the 10th anniversary of Triad Startup Weekend powered by Techstars and hosted by Flywheel. It's part of the Global Weekend with special prizes and opportunities. First, second and third place teams will receive expert marketing, software development, and business development services with in-kind values of $5,000. Techstars will once again provide an expert facilitator, free website domains, and lots of web services for the teams that form and compete. The winning team will advance to regional competition and the chance to win Global recognition, $100,000 in cloud credits and other prizes. Thanks to our food sponsors our participants, coaches, mentors and judges will enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while they work on their business ideas.
- Idea Tap on November 13th - Local, Sustainable, Natural
THREE COMPANIES PITCHING FREE ATTENDANCE BUT REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flywheel-idea-tap-tickets-41778879754 Adrian Smith, Preservation Dye House We provide dyeing as a service using natural dyes grown sustainably. Natural dyes are healthy for your skin and healthy for the planet. Shana Whithead, Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall After 7 years in business in the beautiful Historic Town of Bethania, it's time to upgrade the model and add a full service kitchen. With a second location up and running, we know how to make the Bethania location shine! Eric Mathis, BioRegen Coop, SYNC Bioresources and Institute for Regenerative Design & Innovation Transforming Winston Salem into one of the world’s most advanced Regenerative City models – incubating a regional Innovation-Lab through the strategic deployment of a health-centric ecosystem that merges Livable Community Design and Living-Lab Innovation protocols into one Health Innovation District.
- Fireside Chat with Hushbuddy CEO Scott Hanson
Groundbreaking Crowdfunding by Hushbuddy CEO Scott Hanson Register Here: https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-greensboro-presents-fireside-chat-with-hushbuddy-ceo-scott-hanson#/ Free Food, Drinks and Networking We all know that startups have to be scrappy. Learn from Scott Hanson's journey from inspiration to product development and a groundbreaking use of the new NC PACES Act, allowing a public securities offering to NC residents. Hushbuddy was one of the first offerings under the act. The NC PACES Act creates an exemption from registration for crowdfunding securities. This means that small businesses who want to use the internet to reach investors and raise funds from local investors are exempt from registration. Any investor who lives in North Carolina can invest up to $5,000 in an NC PACES securities offering. If that person is an accredited investor as defined under federal law, they can invest any amount of money.
- Fireside Chat with GoInnovation
Self-Awareness What All Cofounders Need Learn Why from GoInnovation Tuesday September 25, 5:30-8:00 At Flywheel Coworking - 450 Design Ave. Cofounders of startups tend to be intense, purpose-driven, and totally committed their business success. Typically, they bring complimentary skill-sets and viewpoints to the fledgling company. In an environment that values fast failure and iteration, how do you keep critical from becoming personal? When faced with rejection and criticism, how do you force yourself to listen and internalize, not dismiss and trivialize? Enter GoInnovation and their leadership development methods that help cofounders and company leaders change mindset from dependent to interdependent. Learn how to move from negative to a powerful positive relationship and a mission-oriented culture. Steadman Harrison III with Center for Creative Leadership is the founder of GoInnovation. He has teamed with Flywheel's own Steve Beck to create a leadership development company that helps startups and established corporations design and deliver custom, research-based leadership solutions. Upcoming Events Indeavor Lunch – September 18 @ Flywheel – 12:00-1:30 PM – Network with the Indeavor Club and meet Dave Goren, Executive Director of the National Sports Media Association. How to Start a Startup – Every Wednesday Starting September 19 @ Flywheel – 6:00-8:00 PM Whether you are thinking about a new business start or are in the first five years, this course is for any entrepreneur going down the startup path. Idea Tap - October 9 @ Flywheel – 5:30-7:30 PM Idea Tap is one-part networking, one-part pitch refinement, and a heap of startup support in one event! Techstars Triad Startup Weekend - November 16-18 @ Flywheel - Startup Weekend is an intensive immersion in startup methods and is the best way to meet potential collaborators, mentors, investors, and leaders in the startup ecosystem.