Blackstone Network News

Aug 19 - Friday

Partner Spotlight: Spurring Innovation and Economic Development at NC State University

“Local universities continue to be one of our startup community’s greatest assets—not only do they educate and produce talent that feeds into the startup community but they train students to become entrepreneurs and they employ professors and researchers who develop and commercialize groundbreaking innovation. There’s a team of people on every campus that help to connect faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members with various programs and opportunities, all to promote innovation and economic development in the state of North Carolina.” (Source: ExitEvent)
Click here to read full article and meet some of those champions at NC State University.

Aug 19 - Friday

Duke Angel Network Primes Local Startup for Market Penetration in the Southeast

Five Duke angels participated in the Duke Angel Network’s investment, and it’s matched in some part by funding from the Duke Innovation Fund. Mati is the seventh reported investment by the year-old network that funds Duke-affiliated companies.
To read full article, click here.

Aug 05 - Friday

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Company Spiffy Expands Out of State

Spiffy provides car washes and detailing in the Triangle and Charlotte out of more than 25 vans that customers can schedule to come to them through an app on their smartphones. Spiffy launched its service in the Triangle in November 2014 and expanded to Charlotte the following June. Revenue this year is on track to more than double 2015’s revenue. Spiff had its eye on Atlanta as fertile territory for its mobile service and is now expanding its service to Atlanta. (Source: News & Observer)
To read full article and learn more about Spiffy, click here.

Jul 30 - Saturday

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network NC's Newest Portfolio Company: Savii Care

Aiming to address a critical caregiver shortage, Savii, a new BEN portfolio company, has launched a new ground-breaking platform that enables home care companies and caregivers to have more effective collaboration with each other, patients and family members. Home care aids and caregivers are now able to document their daily tasks and use a mobile app to clock in and out, implementing accountability for caregivers, and peace of mind for families.

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Harper, Co-Founder and CEO of Savii to the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Jul 29 - Friday

Announcing New Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network NC Executive Director Bryan McGann

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Bryan McGann as BEN NC’s new Executive Director. Bryan is a successful entrepreneur and attorney who brings more than 30 years of experience to this new role. Bryan is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University, a member of the founding team of the Carolina Angel Network, and is of counsel to the Smith Anderson firm. Please join us in congratulating Bryan on his latest appointment, which surely will advance and expand the robust BEN network in the region.
Click here to read his full bio.