WINSTON-SALEM – Three founders and developers in the Triad are set to present their tech demos in front of an audience of entrepreneurs and investors at this week’s Tech Slam ‘N Eggs.
Tech Slam ‘N Eggs deviates from a traditional startup pitch event, focusing more on the technical side of entrepreneurship. “Three developers [will] open up their tech stack and explain how they solved an interesting technical problem,” says Flywheel Coworking Program Director Adrian Smith.
“We’re laser focused on developers and designers of great tech. Access to tech talent is a perennial problem that startup founders face, and Tech Slam ‘N Eggs is designed to support the community that’s here, help develop skills and allow serendipitous connections to occur,” Smith added.
The presenters include:
- Francois Dion, chief data scientist at Dion Research, a product development and consulting firm focused on data science, artificial intelligence and other industry segments.
- Josh Pendelwar and Akhil Pendalwar, co-founders of Proodos, a platform where product managers can visualize and mitigate risks for their project.
- Melissa Capps, software developer at Sight Source, a software development and consulting firm. She’s also the founder of AstraHive, a platform for creatives. AstraHive was a part of last year’s Velocity Creative Accelerator in Winston-Salem.
Demos will be moderated by Bobbie Shrivastav, co-founder and chief product officer of Winston Salem-based Benekiva, a software solution for life insurance companies. Carl Turner, founder of SWIPEBY (a food pickup app), and Kevin Doubleday, marketing communications lead at blockchain startup Fluree, are also involved with leading the event.
Tech Slam ‘N Eggs started in December 2017 with the goal to showcase regional designers, developers and founders of tech startups in the Triad, ultimately exposing them to local founders, investors and other members of the tech community.
The event is part of Flywheel’s larger suite of programming under the Startup Grind brand. Later this month, Flywheel will host a delegation of North Carolina companies in traveling to the Startup Grind Conference in Silicon Valley on February 11-12.
“We’ve raised money to subsidize their exhibition cost and we’re setting up a booth to represent their companies and North Carolina,” Smith says. “We believe North Carolina is a perfect place for investors to land their money and for founders to build their companies.”
Smith also said that Flywheel plans to expand the Tech Slam ‘N Eggs program to Davidson later this year. The first Tech Slam event will be held in August under the Startup Grind Davidson chapter, which is facilitated by Flywheel’s office at Davidson College’s Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In Winston-Salem, Flywheel plans to expand the scope of topics discussed in its regular Fireside Chat series, in addition to launching a new workshop series, called Startup Grind Evolve, targeting growth-stage founders and bringing in experienced startup veterans to guide them. It will also host a Startup Grind Summer Party and Startup Crawl in July.