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Pitch, Please! 10 Pitches, $2,500 Cash Prize, All Winners

The first full day of Black Wall Street Homecoming culminated in what has become the norm for startup events—a pitch competition. Yet, the Black Wall Street Homecoming angle was clear: connect companies with a wider network. Bull McCabe’s, the Durham staple Irish pub, hosted the evening event, complete with outdoor stage and professional lighting. Ten founders pitched on a stage surrounded by sleek signage and Christmas lights. Competitors were prohibited from using pitch decks and product demonstrations. Instead, they had four minutes to convince the judges—Diishan Imara of Mayvenn and Christina Francis and Ryan Smith of Magic Johnson Enterprises —that their startup was worthy of...

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WATCH: CrowdTunes, ArchiveSocial, ShiftZen Demo at American Underground

ExitEvent and American Underground are partnering to bring those outside the Durham startup campus a peek inside. Each Wednesday at lunch, American Underground @Main hosts an event called HelpFest, in which members of the community (and sometimes guests) share some element of their business, strategy or passion, and take questions from the audience. August 13th, three fast-growing AU startups gave demonstrations of their products. First up, starting at 1:21 in the video, is ShiftZen, maker of online restaurant scheduling software. Second, at 10:45, is ArchiveSocial, a social media archiving tool for governments. Digital jukebox software provider CrowdTunes, 27:20, ends...

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WATCH: Six Before & After Pitches at Health Startup Weekend

We checked out the inaugural Triangle Startup Weekend: Health August 8-10 at American Underground @Main in Durham, and captured on film Friday night’s compelling ideas and Sunday afternoon’s final pitches. See how far 100+ aspiring entrepreneurs came in just 48 hours of building these six new businesses. And for more details of the event, here’s our written...

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