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Matt Crisp (Benson Hill Biosystems)


Matt Crisp (Benson Hill Biosystems)

Matt is an accomplished executive focused on catalyzing a new era of innovation to advance agriculture. He has a strong background in the rapid growth and early commercialization phases of technology companies. Prior to co-founding Benson Hill Biosystems, he was the Founding President of the Agricultural Biotechnology Division at Intrexon Corporation, a leading synthetic biology company, where he served in multiple executive roles and on its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Intrexon, Matt was a Managing Director at the venture capital firm Third Security, LLC, where he worked closely with numerous life science and technology companies and led the firm's west coast operations. He is also a founder and the chairman of Edison Agrosciences, an early-stage agricultural biotechnology company. Matt holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Radford University.


6:00 pm Networking, Food, and Beer

7:00 pm Fireside Chat

7:45 pm Audience 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 E-learning 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 EduStruct.

Edustruct is the parent company to On-Demand IT Services.

On-Demand IT Services is a full scale app development and IT services firm based in the US where our mission is to help companies create technology solutions for the modern world. We're a global team of a 100+ people who are available to help your company take their IT projects to the next level.

Our on-demand IT Services model allows your company to hire our team to start and finish those all important IT projects.

We follow a simple 3 step model that takes the hassle out of outsourcing.
1. Define the work: You would work with our BA to establish work requirements.
2. Create a team: Based on the requirements, we would recommend the number of team members for that project. We handle everything so you don't have to worry about it.
3. Start Project: We follow an agile methodology, which allows for seamless communication and adjusting to requirements on the fly.

If you're interested in us taking a look at your IT needs shoot me a note [masked]

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

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

Local Sponsors

The Fahrenheit Group

The Fahrenheit Group is a full-service advisory firm that helps growth-oriented organizations overcome their most difficult hurdles to success and challenged companies to find their way. Our team is comprised of senior business leaders and consultants with real-world experience in three practice areas – Accounting and Finance, Business Advisory and Human Resources. We leverage the extensive knowledge of our team to understand clients’ true needs and implement practical solutions.


You can benefit from a wide range of services designed to meet your specific needs, regardless of complexity or size. Because of the broad range of capabilities offered by U.S. Trust, we can address highly complex wealth management challenges many of which are of particular concern to our clients in Raleigh, NC. Your unique financial opportunities, challenges and goals drive your relationship at U.S. Trust. .


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

Big Al's BBQ

From sunrise to sundown, we are always working hard to bring you the best tasting BBQ you’ll ever have! Big Al’s BBQ & Catering strives to provide you with the freshest and tastiest products available. We cook our food fresh daily, slow over a wood fire.Pork BBQ is cooked for 12 to 14hrs, ribs and chicken 5 to 6 hrs and beef brisket 16 to 18 hrs. It’s perfection. Hushpuppies and vegetables are made fresh daily, or when Big Al’s mobile kitchen shows up for a festival or catering event.


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:

HQ Raliegh

HQ Raleigh is a shared workspace designed to empower, foster, and cultivate companies that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact. HQ Raleigh addresses two challenges that entrepreneurs face: building a trusted support community and gaining access to flexible, affordable office space.

Mati Energy

Beginning in a dorm room at Duke University, MATI founder and CEO Tatiana Birgisson started brewing highly caffeinated teas to stay productive through a bout of depression. She soon started bottling the tea and selling it to neighbors. One thousand three hundred and seventy four recipes later (give or take), MATI Energy is the best selling energy drink in stores throughout the Southeastern U.S.

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 200 cities and 85 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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