(Editor’s note: Journalist Laura Baverman captures the action and inspiration happening by women in the startups movement during the first Triangle Startup Weekend Women event in this story as part the news partnership between WRALTechWire and ExitEvent.)

DURHAM, N.C. – We’re moving beyond conversation and taking action.

That was my first thought when I walked out of Sunday’s Triangle Startup Weekend Women pitch event, the culmination of 48 hours of dreaming up, exploring and building new businesses. The event drew more than 60 participants, mostly women, but with a wide variety of experiences. There were college freshmen, serial entrepreneurs, fashion designers, a Teach for America grad, N.C. State professor, developers, data scientists, immigrants.

Their ideas were impactful, tackling food deserts and food allergies, teacher preparedness and sustainability accountability. They provide opportunity to undocumented immigrants and musicians and career alternatives for those who can’t afford college. Some brainstormed tools for busy families, lives and travelers. One is an effort to build civic pride and knowledge in Raleigh citizens. Another helps us build trust as we transact business online.

It felt different than the two events I attended (and wrote about) earlier this year in which women discussed the challenges they face in starting companies in a male-dominated startup world. We talked about better supporting woman entrepreneurs back then. Now, we’re doing it.

The full story can be read online at ExitEvent.