Startup Factory Drops “Triangle”, Announces Fall 2013 Cohort

Startup Factory, North Carolina startups, startup news, acceleratorThe Triangle Startup Factory, the premiere acceleration program in North Carolina has made a slight change in their name and announced their fall class. The accelerator program will now be know as just “The Startup Factory” dropping the word “triangle” from it’s name.

The news about the name is no surprise. Earlier this month we reported that MapQuest co-founder and Startup Factory co-founder, Chris Heivly was speaking at an event in St. Louis, which reportedly could be paving the way for a new Startup Factory branch there. Heivly was very impressed with all of the efforts the St. Louis community has already focused on startups.

In addition to possibly expanding out west to St. Louis, the Triangle Business Journal reports that Heivly is excited about the announced expansion of the American Underground, HQ and the new ThinkHouse project.

Here are the five startups selected for the fall cohort at the Startup Factory.

+ Szl: A technology company that aims to help people get news from the internet. “Only a small percentage of people who get their news from the internet spend the time to set up RSS feeds and filters,” TSF says of Szl via release. “Szl addresses these problems directly and solves them.”

  • HomeWellness: A technology company creating “building science-based software,” programs that help employees improve the comfort, energy efficiency and air quality of their homes.
  • Coursefork: A technology company creating a platform for educators to share and collaborate on course materials. “In essence, Coursefork seeks to ignite viral teaching.”
  •  Brevado: A technology company hoping to create interactive timelines for project-based businesses. “Clients stay in the loop with automatic progress notifications as items are completed.”
  • Flagtap: A technology company trying to solve marketing engagement issues “by bridging the gap between getting traffic and getting traffic to engage in revenue-generating ways.”
  • 4Soils: A technology company trying to engage children with their faith in a new way. The mission? “To bring the Bible to life for kids.”



Startup North Carolina Launches As Startup America Region

Startup North Carolina, the official region for the Startup America Partnership launched last night with not one but two packed parties. Raleigh startups, founders and entrepreneurs celebrated the launch at the RTP foundation headquarters. Brooks Bell, Founder and CEO  of Brooks Bell; Aaron Chatterji, Associate Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Derek Holt, Startup America’s Managing Director of National Partnerships were all on hand for the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Event.

Meanwhile down in Charlotte, Donna Harris, Managing Director of Startup Regions with Startup America and Louis Freeman, CEO of Edition Nation, led the festivities at that event. Startup America will be back in Charlotte in less than two weeks when the Democratic National Convention takes place the week of September 3rd. Startup America is partnering with Startup Rockon for startup focused events a both party conventions.

“North Carolina has an incredible history of innovation that has led it from being an agrarian leader to a hub of scientific and technological leadership,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “Startup NC will be a catalyst to garner even more recognition for North Carolina’s world class entrepreneurs and startups.”

Startup America reported on Monday that over 350 people had registered for both events. According to the latest data from Startup America, even before North Carolina got their own Startup America region there were 202 members from North Carolina in Startup America.

Startup North Carolina launched with community involvement tied in. They opened up this website prior to the launch parties to vote on suggested ideas for a roadmap for the partnership.

Mital Patel, the Triangle Startup Weekend founder spearheaded the efforts in the Triangle while Adam Hill of Packard Place was tasked with firing up the Charlotte region.

Startup North Carolina plans to be a very active region for the Startup America Partnership.

Joining Startup America is free and the partnership offers members access to tens of thousands of dollars in benefits and services from their business partners like; Dell, American Airlines, .co and many more.


Join Startup America here

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