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Posts tagged “Venture & Innovation”

Updated 2:01 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock From WTW's archives: Dave Rizzo and NC IDEA's launch, his joining MCNC

MCNC WRAL TechWire earlier today published an appreciation of veteran entrepreneur, investor and economic development leader Dave Rizzo. His role in entrepreneurship dates back some two decades. Here are two stories from WRAL TechWire's archives that help put Rizzo's accomplishments in perspective.

Updated 1:53 p.m. yesterday

Saluting Dave Rizzo, a driving force behind NC's entrepreneurial explosion

North Carolina's startup community has come a long, long way since the dark days of the "dot com" bust in 2002. In 2015, startups and emerging companies raised more investment capital than in any year since the boom's pinnacle. While success has many fathers, as the saying goes, one leader deserves a big share of the credit for the revival and the remarkable state of startups today across the state. His name is Dave Rizzo. Here's the backstory - and an appreciation.

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Updated 10:58 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Raleigh startup Innovate Biopharmaceuticals lands $1.5M

Looking for drugs Innovate Biopharmaceuticals, which is targeting gastrointestinal diseases, has raised nearly $1.5 million and is seeking another $4.5 million as it looks to bring two drugs to market.

9:35 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Durham-based Spreedly wraps up $3M in capital

Spreedly Durham startup Spreedly has closed on a $3 million round of investment capital. And it is hiring. The company has now raised more than $6 million.

Updated 6:11 a.m. yesterday

Premium Lock After papal blessing, Chapel Hill gene therapy startup raises nearly $50M

Answered prayers? Recently blessed for its work by the Pope, Bamboo Therapeutics, a recently launched life sciences venture focusing on gene therapy to treat deadly childhood neurological disorders, has raised nearly $50 million from investors. CureDuchenne Ventures LLC, a venture philanthropy organization, is among the backers.

Sheila Mikhail Sheila Mikhail

Updated 2:59 p.m. Thursday

RTP virtual reality group, American Underground team up for demos

RTPVR A group of startups focusing on virtual reality known as RTP Virtual Reality is teaming up with the American Underground for a series of demos to demonstrate what has been touted as the next wave in interactive entertainment. Several Triangle firms already are making plays in the VR space.

2:00 p.m. Thursday

Snapshots: These 11 Triangle startups help transform sports and fitness

ExitEvent A growing number of startups in the Triangle are helping lead the transformation of sports and fitness technology, reports ExitEvent contributor Jon Mareane.

Updated 7:49 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Incoming NC IDEA leader: Change to foundation offers many benefits to startups, state

The economic development group NC IDEA will undergo a major transition under its new CEO Thom Ruhe, evolving into a private foundation. While the Durham-based group will continue to offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants annually to startups, its mission will broaden with the goal of boosting entrepreneurship, Ruhe tells WRAL TechWire in the first of a three-part Q&A.

Thom Ruhe Thom Ruhe

7:05 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock News triggers seesaw day in robotic surgery tech firm TransEnterix

TransEnterix CEO Todd Pope Investors greet what on the surface appears to be good news for Triangle-based TransEnterix with a seesaw day of trading for the developer of robotic surgery technology. Does good news on FDA filing and capital funding end takeover rumors?

6:29 a.m. Thursday

'Humans + Software > Job Stealing Robots' - A point to remember

NEW logo The Institute for Emerging Issues at NCSU hosted a two-day Emerging Issues Forum earlier this week to explore what technology automation and robotics means for future workers. Jim Roberts, who leads the Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW), found much to be positive about.

Updated 7:57 a.m. Wednesday

Thought leaders gather in Raleigh to create Internet of Things roadmap

Internet  A National Science Foundation-supported conference at NCSU over the next two days will explore the creation of a roadmap toward developing a national Internet of Things strategy. Here's a preview of what's going on.

6:46 a.m. Wednesday

HQ Raleigh promising big news - Could it be Charlotte, Charleston expansion?

HQ Raleigh Does HQ Raleigh's Big News Involve Charlotte's Packard Place? A Charleston Campus? Similar messaging on social media by startup hubs in Raleigh and Charlotte hint at big news for the state's startup ecosystem this week.

12:54 p.m. Tuesday

NC IDEA launching next round of startup grant applications

NC IDEA NC IDEA will launch its next round of awarding up to $50,000 in non-dilutive grants to startups on Feb. 15. Entrepreneurs can learn more about the program at a series of state-wide meetings. and webinars.

Updated 8:22 a.m. Tuesday

Jobless future? NC Science and Math robotics team remains gung ho

Amid the doom and gloom about a possible jobless future due to technology automation and robotics, a team of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics - The Zebracorns - remain excited about the future.

6:50 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Bob Ingram is new chair at Novan; Neal Hunter steps down

Novan Therapeutics Novan Therapeutics, a high-profile emerging pharmaceutical firm backed by big-name investors in the Triangle with a focus on developing new dermatology treatments, has a new chairman. But his name is a familiar one. Another well-known name leaves the board in the shuffle.

6:33 a.m. Tuesday

First person: 'How I pitched and won at Triangle Startup Weekend'

Exit Event From idea to market validation in 48 hours: A "Startup Weekend - Social Impact" story as written by Jason Parker for ExitEvent.

Updated 2:25 p.m. Monday

CED picks 50-plus emerging startups to present at Life Science Conference

CED Life Science Conference 2016 More than 50 emerging life science startups will have the chance to make their case for investment to possible backers at the CED's Life Science Conference next month. The CED announced its selections early Monday.

Updated 2:24 p.m. Monday

Host of investors, entrepreneurs headline 10th Southeast Venture Conference

SEVC The 10th annual Southeast Venture Conference, which is the largest such event put on in the region, is set for March 16-17 in Tysons Corner, Va. Highlighting the program is a host of speakers ranging from startups and entrepreneurs to venture capitalists. Among the headliners: The founder of 500 Startups.

2:16 p.m. Monday

WTW news in review: Week of Feb. 1, part two

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of Feb. 1, part two of two:

2:10 p.m. Monday

WTW news in review: Week of Feb. 1, part one

Week in review Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire for the week of Feb. 1, part one of two.

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