Tech Tour


Tuesday October 4

11 AM – (Ironclad Brewery) How to make Entrepreneur Development part of Economic Development Strategy

(Private Audience – EcoDev staff and elected officials)

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Speakers – John Hardin (NC Dept of Commerce , Governor’s Advisor on Science and Technology Policy and Runs Board of Science, Technology & Innovation) Presentation of updated Innovation Index to compare Wilmington and New Hanover with rest of NC

Paul Singh – what he has seen on his road trip

12 Noon – Company building , community building and the media spotlight
Vicki Janowski – Wilmington Business Journal
Tyler Cralle – WAAV radio
Paul Singh 
2 PM – (Ironclad Brewery) Available statewide resources for startups in North Carolina
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Speakers : John Hardin – NC Dept of Commerce – Matches Phase I SBIR grants

Drew Applefield – NC Biotech Center – Wilmington native, Early Stage Investments

Thom Ruhe – NC IDEA – New President / CEO


3 PM (Ironclad Brewery) Ideas to Innovation to Commercialization – What are current barriers and roadblocks?
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Speakers Eva Garland – SBIR grant expert

Dr. Dan Baden, MARBIONC at UNCW, Innovate SENC team member

Laura Smailes – Saros Desalination

Polly Harman – Pursuit Enterprises (Recently Funded Med Device Co.)

Andrew Williams – Elite Innovations (Product Development Firm)


4 PM – (Ironclad Brewery) Founder Roundtable: How to Get The Attention of Investors Near and Far.
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To say the least, very few local Wilmington startups get local investment capital.

In addition to out of town Angel and VC, clients and crowdfunding are additional options for startup fuel.

Speakers – Eric Dobson – Manager of Angel Capital Group (7 locations)

Chris Halligan – COO , Payzer (Business Development) ((Charlotte))

Jon Spinney – CoFounder , Malartu (crowdfunding ) ((Raleigh))

hutch-law5:30 -8 PM Private party @TekMountian hosted by Hutchlaw  –



Wednesday October 5th

8 AM – (PRIVATE) Angel Investing Session w local Wealth Managers

An informational and interactive event for financial planners to angel investing with their clients

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Speakers – Mike Rhoades – Member of Wilmington Investor Network

Paul Singh

Fred Hutchison – Founder of Hutchison Law and Founder of CED, the world’s largest entrepreneur support organization in Durham / Raleigh, NC

Eric Dobson – Manager of Angel Capital Group (Tennessee)


10 AM Office Hours at TekMountain


NOON – (tekMountain) Needs of large local employers and growing INC 5000 Winners
Bring your own lunch or buy lunch from food trucks.

What pains can startups solve and find early adopter local clients

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Speakers – Gary Winstead – ARC Transit

Hao Dinh – General Electric

Jim Hall – N2 Publishing

Kathryn Cook – nCino


Office Hours


2 PM UNCW CIE (Student only event)

Three Things That Students Need to Know BEFORE Becoming Entrepreneurs

Speaker – Paul Singh Venture Capitalist


Office Hours


5 PM (Ironclad Brewery) Fundraising 101 w Paul Singh
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Anthony Pompliano (Full Tilt Capital / VC, Formerly with Facebook and SnapChat)


The experience level across the Wilmington entrepreneur scene is inconsistent, so we hope this 101 class will improve understanding of the whole process including valuation, Private Placement Memorandum, term sheets, convertible notes, preferred stock and more.


Happy Hour with investors

Thursday October 6th

9 AM – Aspiring entrepreneurs event (Thinking about starting up / pre-revenue)

Gaps in the local startup ecosystem (tech talent, involved mentors, Scaling after startup)

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Speakers – Jay Bigelow (VP at CED) VMS – Venture Mentoring Service

Joe Tamburro – Tech Talent South

Ray Antonino – PermitZone (Techstars graduate)


11 AMBeen there , done that, got ALL the startup tshirts


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Local ( Under the radar ) experienced people who have been through the startup grinder

Speakers: Jennifer Turnby – ChannelAdvisor, Spoonflower ( Finance / CFO)

Bruce Mancinelli – WebSurveyor ( CEO / Management )

Jordan Cohen – Semantic Machines (Technical )

Tony Pease – GoodBookey (Serial Entrepreneur / angel investor )


1 PM (PRIVATE EVENT – Ironclad Brewery) Why real estate industry should support startup ecosystem


Paul Singh will discuss experience of Crystal City, VA

(Singh helped take Crystal City from 50% vacancy to 7% through startup infrastructure)

What do entrepreneurs want and can they be recruited or need to be homegrown?

As startups grow beyond 5 employees they need more office space.

What strategies and support do we need for more nCino and NextGlass companies?


2-4 PM Office Hours – One on One meetings w startups and investors


4:30 PM (Ironclad Brewery) Public Startup Pitch Event and Closing Party
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