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WRAL TechWire rings in 2018 with fresh tradition: New calendar, columns featuring NC startup events

WRAL TechWire’s continuing expansion of startup, tech and life science coverage as well as related workforce and economic development includes several features focusing on events and an interactive calendar. We believe this is the most comprehensive collection of information about what’s happening as the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow. Enjoy!

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Asheville Startup LoLo Brings Rewards App to “Loyal Locals” in Durham, Chapel Hill & More U.S. Cities

During the 2007 recession, Clark Harris became frustrated with the credit card rewards program he was enrolled in. “I couldn’t travel, so I could only redeem my points on gift cards, but there wasn’t an option to use my loyalty points on local companies,” says Harris, a real estate and marketing professional in Asheville. Harris wanted to support local businesses with the rewards he was accruing, so he began mapping out an idea for a local rewards program run through a mobile app rather than a physical card. He later met Matthew Simpson of Nashville, and together they developed...

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Three Coming “Food Halls” Will Give 90+ NC Food Makers a Home

Forbes Travel Guide editors named Raleigh one of 2017’s top 12 places to visit in the world. Though Raleigh has been commended over the years for its tech industry, urban living and startups, what made North Carolina’s capital city a must visit for the Forbes editors was the thriving food scene. Eateries like Poole’s, Chef and the Farmer and The Durham Hotel have received a lot of that praise, but a growing bench of artisanal and niche food makers may draw attention once a trio of food halls open across the Triangle. Food halls are an evolution of the traditional mall food court—local makers...

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Inside 1789 Venture Lab, UNC Chapel Hill’s Student-Focused Incubator

Many students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are eager to share their thoughts and ideas with the world. 1789 Venture Lab was founded four years ago by serial entrepreneur and UNC entrepreneur-in-residence Jim Kitchen as an incubator lab to help students make those ideas a reality. The facility is free to all UNC students, giving them a place to work on their businesses, to collaborate and nurture one another’s ideas. They also get help from program assistant Stefano Rivera (in video below), professors from the Kenan Flagler Business School and mentors involved in the city’s startup accelerator, Launch Chapel Hill.  New this...

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