The Startup Giveback: More than just a cookout

November 21, 2013 9:20 AM

We were proud to co-sponsor the inaugural Startup Giveback this past Saturday.  The event brought together entrepreneurs and their friends and family for great food, local beers, and endless rounds of cornhole. But the Startup Giveback was so much more than fun and games.

To us, the event signified a Triangle-wide effort to build community. Yes, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill all have our respective entrepreneurial scenes and charitable organizations. And yes, sometimes these distinct communities deserve their own spotlight. But the Startup Giveback, and in turn, the Triangle Community Foundation, is impetus to bridge those gaps.

When we bring our communities together and when we harness the strength of our region, we work towards developing lasting and prominent entrepreneurial impact.  There were folks from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and all around the Triangle who came out in support of the Startup Giveback mission.  Entrepreneurial organizations like American Underground and The Startup Factory (and HQ) teamed up with local startups like coursefork and Brevado to make the event happen.  And this was just the kickoff. The hope is that, for years to come, the Triangle Community Foundation will become the philanthropic vehicle of choice for local entrepreneurs. By committing to donate a small percentage of equity to the fund, Triangle startups can give back to the community in a unique and meaningful way.

We look forward to seeing this initiative build positive impact across the Triangle.

Were you at the event? What did it mean to you?

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