GREENSBORO – Fourteen startups from across North Carolina are gearing up to present their products and services at the Capital Connects pitch competition in Greensboro on March 4.
Most of the startups are based in the Triad area, but the lineup also includes companies from Raleigh, Charlotte and Hickory.
Pitches will be separated into two categories, representing the presenting startup’s stage of growth. Seven companies make up the pre-seed/seed group, with the other seven representing the Series A group.
Winners will receive cash and in-kind services totaling $1,500 for pre-seed/seed startups, $7,500 for Series A startups, and $1,000 for the fan-favorite.
Startups in the pre-seed/seed category will get two minutes to pitch. Here are the contenders:
- Empasta, LLC – Greensboro
- FanPark – Winston-Salem
- Postbiotic Labs – Winston-Salem
- Stemz – Winston-Salem
- Stitch Partners LLC
- Yay! Brand – Greensboro/Winston-Salem
- Zimiz – Raleigh/Durham
Startups in the Series A group will deliver six-minute pitches:
- Advanced Hydrogen Technologies Corporation – Hickory
- Ascend – Charlotte
- BarricAid Technology Group – Lexington
- Percensys CORE Learning, LLC – Raleigh
- Proodos – Winston-Salem
- Suite IQ – Winston-Salem
- Threat Sketch, LLC – Winston-Salem
Judges’ names will not be released until the event, but Launch Greensboro confirmed to WRAL TechWire that all are North Carolina investors from the angel community. An “Entrepreneur of the Year” award will be announced during the event as well.
Capital Connects has been running for over 15 years, hosted by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Launch Greensboro program. Organic protein brand LivWell Nutrition and insurance app Talk to Mira won the top spots at last year’s Capital Connects. Winston-Salem blockchain startup Fluree DB won the 2018 program.
Capital Connects will be held March 4 from 4-7:30 p.m. at Greensboro’s Union Square Campus. Tickets are free on Eventbrite.
Before Capital Connects starts, VentureSouth Piedmont will host an interactive seminar called Understanding Cap Tables. The three-hour workshop will cover the impacts of valuation, liquidation preferences, anti-dilution terms, convertible notes, and option pools and vesting. Tickets to the seminar are free for VentureSouth members and attendees of Capital Connects. General admission is $100.