Innovative minds break ground at the 3rd Annual Summit and Inaugural Startup Crawl by Innovate Raleigh

August 26, 2014 9:51 AM

Innovate Raleigh will shake things up again this year at its Innovation Summit, taking place on Wednesday, September 10th at the Marbles Kids Museum.

The Innovation Summit is a one-day event that catalyzes innovation efforts in the region by bringing together community thinkers, makers, and doers. These bright minds then look at our region’s entrepreneurial landscape to identify what’s missing and generate ideas that will 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. Also speaking will be Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of Chicago’s TechStars, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators.

“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!” says Henikoff.

In addition to these speakers, the day will 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 will host Raleigh's first-ever Startup Crawl. The Crawl showcases innovative spaces throughout downtown, including HQ Raleigh, American Underground, Designbox, NC State startups, and more. Similar to a First Friday 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, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, Wyrick Robbins, and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.


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