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SOAR MENTEE: Mati Energy’s Journey to 75 Whole Foods Stores and Counting

This is the first in a series of profiles on the first four women to be mentored by SOAR, a new Triangle area organization to help female entrepreneurs raise capital and grow their companies. SOAR is funded by Google for Entrepreneurs as part of its #40Forward initiative to support women in startups. A beverage industry exec once told Mati Energy founder Tatiana Birgisson she’d need $1 million to get cans of her all-natural tea-based energy drink on the shelves of grocery stores. The comment scared the young startup founder two years ago, but today she can laugh. She hadn’t...

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What’s up with UP Global? Group Almost Doubles Southeast Events in 2014

At least a handful of Startup Weekend events will happen in the Triangle by year’s end, including the first local Women and second EDU editions. One class of NEXT mentoring is planned. And perhaps the Triangle will send its first entrepreneurs as mentors to Entrepreneurs Across Borders, the newest program of the international entrepreneurial support organization known as UP Global. There’s one UP Global woman who supports all of these Triangle efforts (and those in 11 other southeastern states and Puerto Rico), and we spent some time chatting during her visit to the Triangle last week. Ari Kern lives...

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