We at Charlotte Startup Weekend are thrilled to be one of the best events in the city for entrepreneurs and software developers to get to know one another and launch new ventures together. We also wouldn’t be where we are today without our sponsors. Packard Place has hosted our last four events, including our fifth event coming up next week. Dan Roselli and Adam Hill have been generous with their time and resources to help us bring you this event, and we are eternally grateful. We hope that you’ll consider applying for the second round of the RevTech Labs accelerator so that they can extend that same generosity to your startup.
CSW prides itself on building relationships that last past the end of the weekend. Terry Cox of BIG Council and Charles Thomas of Queen City Forward both represent large communities of entrepreneurship here. The BIG Council has been providing education and connectivity for high-growth entrepreneurs for a long time. Membership in the BIG Council has been a big boost to several of our alums. For those social entrepreneurs who are focused on the triple bottom line, Queen City Forward provides a wealth of experience and connections to help your startup achieve change. In either case, Paul Wetenhall and Devin Collins are ready to help you continue your education with Ventureprise business support and Charlotte Venture Challenge events.
Support for Charlotte tech companies also flows from ambassadors in the Bay area: Twilio, GitHub, and Heroku. These tech startups provide a range of services and API’s to our technically minded attendees, and are each a credit to tech entrepreneurship. Twilio joins us as a new sponsor this year. Their platform aims to seamlessly integrate phone and SMS services with web and offline systems. Past winners of our event have used their platform, and many other startups around the world depend on them. As you might imagine, they are easy to use, very powerful, and reliable. Devin Rader, a developer evangelist, should be joining us for our demos on Sunday.
You know how you get your own paragraph in this post? Be Skookum Digital Works, a standout in the technical community here in Charlotte, and a long-time sponsor. On a week-in-week-out basis, they have the most interesting tech talk in town, and you can take part for free.
I’m also very excited to introduce some other new sponsors for our 2013 event. The Southeast Venture Conference will be held here on March 13-14, and will be extending a special discount offer of $50 off to our registrants. You can still register to present at the event, and I know they are looking for Charlotte companies! Early bird registration lasts until Feb. 1, so now is the best time to ensure you’ll have a chance to meet several dozen venture capitalists from the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and the rest of the world. Opportunities like this won’t come around very often, so I encourage you to consider joining me in attending.
Mital Patel, founder of Triangle Business Law and co-organizer of Triangle Startup Weekend, was our last keynote speaker. He has become a sponsor this time around, adding his Startup Package (value $2,500) to the package going to our winner. It’s important to have legal advice throughout the life of your startup, and this can certainly help get your enterprise off on the right foot.
Another new sponsor, MailVu, resides in Packard Place and is offering a year of their $500/mo package ($6,000 a year) to a team that uses their services and intends to continue on after the weekend. You can read more about how to take advantage of their offer in this post. We expect to see Addy Kapur and Alan Fitzgerald around, and not just because we have free alcohol. But that does help.
We’re also happy to announce the Charlotte Chamber as a sponsor! We’ll provide a full post on them after the event is over, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank them now. Our last new sponsor is Chris Horner at the Bank of Granite. Financial guidance can be so critical for a young business, and Chris offers a service level and advisory capacity you’d usually need to have to pay a lot more money for! You should definitely keep an eye out for him at the South Park branch.
This brings the value of our prize package up to potentially over $10k to one of our teams. Please register and your attendance will help make this the best event yet.