Feb. Meetup: Here is What You Missed
On February 25th we had our quarterly Gig East Meetup, with a full slate of folks to discuss creative funding ideas for startups and entrepreneurs. We started the evening with the RIot Cohort presenting their elevator pitches to the audience. This was good practice for the seven startup companies and informative to the community of the diverse businesses represented in the Wilson RIoT accelerator program (RAP). The RAP Wilson program made its official start on the 24th and they are excited to be in Wilson and appreciative of the support the city has shown to them thus far.
We then had the STEM team from Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education do a product presentation to demonstrate their solution to address the issue of childhood drownings. The team has been selected as a finalist in the Samsung Electronics America “Solve for Tomorrow” contest.
The rest of the evening was dedicated to our panel discussing alternate funding opportunities other than a loan from a bank. Our three panelist, Jim Roberts, Mark Wdowik and William McGuire touched on angel investing as well as crowdfunding resources.
- Jim Roberts, Founder of Wilmington Angels for Local Entrepreneurs
- Mark Wdowik, President & CEO of East Carolina Angels
- William McGuire, Chief Crowdfunding Officer of Crowd Fund NC