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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Bull City Startup Stampede 2.0 kicks off Sept. 16 with 13 new companies locating to Durham’s downtown for a two-month incubation process.

Twelve are from the Triangle. Another is from Washington, D.C.

It appears the reputation of the collaborative effort to draw more businesses to Durham is spreading like kudzu – and that’s good for the Bull City, which is rapidly becoming the hub for all things entrepreneurial in the Triangle. Stampede 2.0 follows the first program launched earlier this year.

A team effort led by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce provides the companies free office space – it’s furnished as well – in addition to a variety of support services. The entrepreneurs also receive mentoring in negotiating the often traumatic process of turning a great idea into a profitable venture.

Applications for the program came from Georgia, Connecticut, and D.C. as well as from Charlotte and Wilmington. Adam Klein, Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Chamber, noted that a big mix of companies among the 55 applicants: software, Internet, cleantech, social entrepreneurship …

If 2.0 proves as successful as the first in helping new companies take root – hopefully in Durham or the Triangle – and this process can turn out 20-plus companies a year then the program backers deserve a “Hallelujah – thank goodness someone in the private sector is creating jobs!”

The 13 “stampeders”

Here’s a look at the 13 selected companies as provided by the Stampede:

• Blackberri Entertainment and Urban Media: Blackberri Entertainment is designed to help emerging artists in a variety of artistic mediums establish themselves to broader populations.

• CityFabric: ( CityFabric is a civic-minded design and apparel company set out to inspire people to talk about their place.

• CleanHatch: ( CleanHatch serves as the premier matchmaker for clean tech and renewable energy projects, leveraging a web-based clearinghouse platform to make it easy for projects to find the capital, developers, and incentives they need to launch quickly and efficiently.

• DiscoverLit: ( DiscoverLit provides on-the-go readers with an engaging, innovative experience in literature.

• GreenSky Wind Systems: ( GreenSky Wind Systems delivers innovative, efficient and silent wind turbine solutions for commercial facilities dedicated to our planet.

• iBuzzn: ( iBuzzn is a software platform designed to disrupt the restaurant industry by introducing a customer focused mobile application that will enhance the overall dining experience.

• MotiveLogic: ( Constant Coaching™ is the culture created by the use of High Octane Business Performance Dashboards™ from MotiveLogic to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity from automobile dealer service departments.

• Organic Transit: ( Organic Transit designs pedal/solar Hybrid Vehicles that produce zero carbon, fill the space between bicycles and cars and are intended for commuting and local deliveries.

• Pluribus: ( Pluribus makes it safer and easier to shop online with your debit or credit card.

• RxAnalytics: RxAnalytics is developing a web and mobile tool that will identify critical drivers of performance in individual athletes as well as weaknesses and biases, allowing the athlete to train smarter and maximize performance.

• Sqord: ( Sqord is a social gaming website where kid users can earn points and rewards through real-world play.

• ( is a way to find, share, and keep up with what’s going on in your local interests.

• Zeek: ( Zeek has digitized the coupon book, providing non-profits, schools, churches, and groups everywhere with a 21st century fundraising solution, all accessible from a smart phone.

Fore more about the Stampede, read here.

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