Hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists from across the country filled the Brier Creek Country Club Tuesday morning for the Entrepreneurs’ Series: Venture Outlook 2016 event.

The event, organized by Bull City Venture Partners, featured leaders from some of the region’s most promising technology startups.

North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell said, in 2015, startups across the state raised about $675 million.

“We have a lot of momentum in the state, generally around early-stage investment,” Cowell said. “We have pretty large pools of capital in North Carolina.”

Entrepreneur David Cummings got his start in business more than 15 years ago at Duke University.

“(My) first customer was the Duke computer science department,” he said jokingly.

In 2007, Cummings co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest-growing company in 2012. Most recently, he founded the Atlanta Tech Village, a six-story building in that city’s Buckhead neighborhood designed to house technology and technology-related companies.

“The goal was to increase the chance for success,” he said. “(The village) has been a very fun social experiment that has worked out better than I expected,”

Cummings said that he focuses on culture and stressed the importance of customer satisfaction.

“If you can get 10 unaffiliated, passionate, paying customers that will invest in your product, that’s all it takes. That is the foundation of your business,” he said.

Todd Olson, CEO and founder of Raleigh-based Pendo, echoed that statement.

“Every conversation is valuable. Focus on getting customer successes,” he said.

Pendo, founded in late 2013, is a relatively new company but was selected as a top 10 startup to watch by NCTA in 2015.

When asked about his quick successes and spending, Olson said, “There is no right path for an entrepreneur. You have to be patient and be sure you have the fundamentals before you spend.”

Eric Koester, of NextGen Angels based in Washington, D.C., said he is a fan of the Triangle area.

“There is a tremendous amount going on here,” he said.

Alex Pessala, principal at Middleland Capital, also in D.C., offered the crowd a piece of valuable advice.

“Be self-aware of how long things take,” he said. “Take that and add 20 to 30 percent to it. Things take longer.”

Both Koester and Pessala predicted a strong 2016 for the Triangle tech sector. They agreed that while they cannot predict the markets, there are no indicators that business will slow down.

“I think we will make more deals and dollars than before,” Koester said.