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Cindy Whitehead (Sprout Pharma (Sold) and The Pink Ceiling)


Cindy Whitehead (Sprout Pharma (Sold) and The Pink Ceiling)

A serial entrepreneur, Cindy has started and sold two Raleigh based pharmaceutical companies. Most recently she co-founded and was CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals which broke through with the first ever FDA approved drug for low sexual desire in women. Following that approval, she sold the company for $1B upfront + future milestones to Valeant pharmaceuticals. Today through her new company, The Pink Ceiling, Cindy advises and invests in other businesses bringing focus or breaking through on women's issues.


6:00 pm Networking, Food, and Beer

6:45 pm Google for Entrepreneurs Featured Companies

7:00 pm Fireside Chat

7:45 pm Q&A

8:00 pm Meet and Greet

Hosted By Mark Bavisotto, Triangle Director

Mark Bavisotto is a serial entrepreneur based in Raleigh,NC. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management. He has experience building and selling educational technology solutions in the K-12 Market. He has designed, built, and sold technologies from learning management systems to online school platforms in the educational technology space. He's currently the founder of and up and coming EdTech application called ParIntelligence. ParIntelligence believes in involving and connecting every parent and guardian to their child's academic and social lives through education and technology. We do this by organizing and streamlining all important communication, information, and documents in a controlled and secured environment 24/7/365 on any preferred device (web, mobile, tablet). The greatest indicator of success both academically and socially is how involved a parent or guardian is in their child's life. Mark loves to help others succeed in both business and life. He writes for LinkedIn on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship to disrupting education. When's he not focused on scaling his businesses, Mark loves to spend time with his wife and two amazing kids Evan And Sienna. His three professional passions in life are, Education,Technology,and Entrepreneurship.

Twitter: @SUGRaleigh

Global Partner

Google for Entrepreneurs

Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

Intuit Quickbooks

Intuit Developer ( has announced with Small Business App Showdown (, a contest for anyone who provides solutions to small business problems. Read this (
) for more info on how to enter and win a free booth at the annual QuickBooks Connect conference ( and a chance at $100k!

Local Sponsors

Big Pixel

We are Big Pixel, a specialist design and development firm based in Raleigh, NC. We combine a unique blend of vision, design, and coding skills to create beautiful, easy to use web and mobile experiences for startups and businesses around the US.


Domo delivers a SaaS-based platform that helps CEOs and business leaders transform the way they manage business via direct access to data.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE:ARE) is the largest and leading urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations with a total market capitalization of $10.8 billion as of September 30, 2015, and an asset base of 31.5 million square feet, including 19.9 million RSF of operating properties and development and redevelopment projects under construction, as well as an additional 11.6 million square feet of near-term and future ground-up development projects.


Lone Rider

Local Brewery in Raleigh, NC.

You can sense it before he sets foot in the room and it lingers long after he's gone. Tight-lipped and stoic, this man isn't impressed with fads or trends. He prefers beers that are more like himself—serious, strong, and uncompromising. Beers like Lonerider. Let other brands cater to the whims of the crowd. Lonerider answers to the man who isn't afraid to drink like an individual, to the outlaw in all of us


Powered by a community of individuals and businesses inspired by entrepreneurship, CED is the nationally connected network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies. We provide education, mentoring and capital formation resources to technology-based, high-growth entrepreneurs - See more at:

What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 170 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Jack G.

    One of the most interesting speakers I've ever heard.

    May 20

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