GoGown Inks Deal With Edison Nation and Medline

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Ginny Porowski and Lisa Bourget of GoGown were in Groundwork Labs in summer of 2012.

Ginny is a registered nurse – she designed and patented the GoGown to reduce the risk of the hospital acquired infections that she would see often in the hospital.  She applied to Groundwork Labs and while part of Groundwork we helped her explore the various ways she could develop her idea and eventually connected her with Edison Nation in Charlotte as the best approach.  They were able to get a license deal with Medline, and they are now off and running.

Here’s their press release

And ExitEvent coverage:

Capitol Broadcasting bets on real estate startup Groundfloor

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Triangle investors, including Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company, are starting to buy into real estate crowdfunding startup Groundfloor.


Health 2.0 Announces Launch! and 2013 Fall Conference Highlights

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As open enrollment in health insurance exchanges kicks off across the country, the forces driving the transformation of health care – consumers, big data, health care marketplaces, and the “unplatform” technology revolution – converge at the 7th annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference,September 29-October 2 at the Santa Clara Convention Center…..

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8 Southeast startups that are splurge-worthy for VCs (and even Seinfeld)

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Years of frustration answering the same tech support questions prompted Phil Verghis to solve the problem with Klever. He’s spent the last two years developing a knowledge sharing platform that’s now grabbed the attention of Salesforce, Oracle and Pitney Bowes.


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NC IDEA Announces the Elite 23

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I swear I didn’t know that NC IDEA announced semi-finalists for its twice-annual $50K grant cycle. However, when I asked Andrea Cook about it she assured me that they did do this, I just wasn’t paying attention. That can happen.

The NC IDEA grant program — $50K, mentoring and connections to six deserving startups in North Carolina with no take — is probably the best program going on here if not nationwide. But the bigger story is how the program is starting to gel with some of the other entrepreneurial programs in the area to produce a perfect storm of potential.


Splitmo’s Poker Night TV Offers A Perfect Use Case For Apple TV As A Gaming Device

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The Apple TV is already a game console, in case you didn’t know, and a new app from independent developer and AirPlay-focused startup Splitmo shows why. The company has just released Poker Night TV, its second app and first game, which uses AirPlay and the Apple TV to let up to eight players join in for a virtual poker game on their TV set….

Splitmo presents Poker Night TV for Apple TV

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Rob Witman moved to Durham from San Francisco two years ago and right away started working his way around the various business, technology, and startup circles here. He joined ExitEvent in September 2011 with his previous company, Riffware, and in October 2012 was chosen into accelerator Groundwork Labs with his new company Splitmo.


New Software Tool Seeks to Evaluate Leasing Agent Potential

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Low retention rates in leasing offices have been plaguing the multifamily industry for decades, though nobody knows exactly why.

But with tons of metrics available, Raleigh, N.C.-based Leasalytics is hoping to solve that puzzle, by offering a more transparent view of leasing consultant performance.


Mint Market launches online store for local food

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Online farmers market for chefs will enable more local food on Triangle menus

Durham NC, July 23, 2012 — Mint Market (, an online marketplace for local food, will open for business on Sunday, July 29. The new website will allow chefs in the Triangle to discover, purchase, and schedule delivery of food directly from area farms. Farmers must sign up by Saturday, July 28 to have their products included on opening day.

“We’ve been testing Mint Market with amazing local chefs and farmers. Now we’re ready to open the floodgates,” said Ricky Spero, Mint Market’s founder. “We can’t wait to see what they do with this powerful new tool.”

Mint Market will showcase some of the area’s finest local vendors, including Maple View Farm , Hillsborough Cheese Co., and Dock to Door Seafood .

Easier for everyone

Mint Market gives farmers an efficient way to sell their products to restaurants using e-commerce. Farmers update their inventories on Saturday. Chefs shop on Sunday. Farmers harvest on Monday and deliver to restaurants on Tuesday. Listing products on Mint Market is free. When farmers complete a sale, Mint Market takes a 5% fee.

Scott Howell, chef-owner of Nana’s Restaurant in Durham, was Mint Market’s first customer. “This is something the area really needs. From our earliest days, Nana’s has supported local farms. Mint Market is going to make that much easier.”

“Mint Market solves so many problems,” adds Sam Hummel, co-owner of Ever Laughter Farm in Hillsborough. “We love working with chefs, but everyone has to spend a lot of time on the phone. Mint Market makes it more likely that we’ll be able to connect with the right chef at the right time.”

A new opportunity for local vendors

Spero is clear about the role that Mint Market aims to play. “We love food, but we’re a technology company at our core. We ask ourselves how we think people will buy food five years from now. And then we build it, so everyone can start doing it today.”

Amanda Miller, owner of Dock to Door Seafood, aims to shift her existing business onto Mint Market’s platform. Said Miller, “We drive fish directly from the coast to chefs’ kitchens, so we have a very tight timeline. Mint Market can handle all of our ordering and logistics. It’s hard to imagine how we could scale without this.”

Noah Ranells, co-owner of Fickle Creek Farm and Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County, said, “Mint Market is an elegant solution that makes the most of the busy schedules that farmers and chefs experience on a daily basis. I think that it will appeal to a growing number of farms in Orange County and the Piedmont Region.” Ranells is also on the board of Piedmont Grown.

Aaron Benjamin, chef at Rue Cler Restaurant , used Mint Market during the testing phase. “I like the ease and usability of the website and I will definitely order more product as it becomes available.”

A Durham startup

Mint Market is an internet startup company based in Durham, N.C.. It is among the first companies selected by the Blackstone Entrepreneur’s Network and by Groundwork Labs , an incubator program sponsored by NC IDEA and Capital Broadcasting Company . For more information, visit .

Press Contact:
Ricky Spero
(919) 452-4711

New Groundwork Labs to Accelerate Startup Success

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(Durham) – Nov. 14, 2011 – Two North Carolina-based companies with deep entrepreneurial expertise — NC IDEA and Capitol Broadcasting Company — today announced the formation of a new tech accelerator: Groundwork Labs.
Based in Durham’s American Underground, Groundwork Labs will select tech startups to join a three-month program providing up to $20,000 in funding, mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, access to investors, office space, legal expertise and business guidance. The first session is set to get underway in the spring of 2012.
Groundwork Labs is located adjacent to video game accelerator Joystick Labs, and while funded and operated independently, will take advantage of synergies provided by location and collaboration. Interested companies should visit
Leading Groundwork Labs on the investor side are Jimmy Goodmon and Michael Goodmon of Capitol Broadcasting Company and David Rizzo of NC IDEA. Both have been extremely active supporters of North Carolina entrepreneurs. John Austin, current director of Joystick Labs, will also direct Groundwork Labs.
“Our goal is to launch successive waves of new companies that will grow into job creators and game changers,” said David Rizzo of NC IDEA. “Groundwork Labs will bring a new degree of expertise and support to an entrepreneurial eco-system in the Research Triangle Park region that is already incredibly promising.”
The Atlantic Monthly recently featured the American Underground and Joystick Labs in its round up of the South’s most bustling startup hubs.
For more information, please contact Billy Warden at 919.412.0630 or Greg Behr at 919.272.5621.