Laura Worthington, Tech on Tap co-host and marketing director of, sits down with the CEO and founder of Bee Downtown, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, who was recently named one of the most inspiring young entrepreneurs by INC.

Bonner takes us through her startup origin story and how her passion project as an intern at American Underground became her career. Even with the layered and nuanced problem of honey bee decline, Bee Downtown is doing their part to educate the public and care for a fragile resource.

Using bio-mimicry as a template, Bee Downtown has leveraged the lifecycle of bees and the hive to build better companies, employees and leaders. Leigh-Kathryn talks to us about how she made the jump into starting Bee Downtown, the hurdles she didn’t expect, and the triumphs along the way.

Bonner ends with talking about how being in Durham has helped their success both in NC and as they expand to Atlanta.