Level Up Your Communication

Public speaking and communication skills are often overlooked, yet critical parts of the entrepreneurial world. If you’ve ever wished you presented or pitched something better, faster or stronger, you’ll leave this talk with tips and ideas you can use immediately. Jen Oleniczak Brown is the Founder of The Engaging Educator (EE), a women-owned and operated… Read more »

SPARK Speaker Series with Billy Prim, Founder of Blue Rhino and Primo Water

By Natalie Wilson On Monday, September 17, Billy Prim, owner of the Winston-Salem Dash minor league baseball team and founder of both Blue Rhino Corporation and Primo Water Corporation, explained how his passion for entrepreneurship, building companies and creating jobs guided his decisions and journey to success in a presentation titled, “Being an Entrepreneur: The… Read more »

Winston Starts highlights regional job creation and entrepreneurship in new collaboration between startups and academia.

By Natalie Wilson On Tuesday, August 7, growing startup incubator Winston Starts organized its inaugural talent pipeline event to launch its groundbreaking new Student Starts program. Over 60 administrators and staff from 11 regional academic partners and chambers of commerce attended the lunchtime conference, which opened a new, collaborative communication channel between them and Winston Starts… Read more »

Inform Speaker: Micheal Smith

By Natalie Wilson On Tuesday, July 17, Micheal Smith, an energetic and highly passionate digital and social media marketing leader with 20 years of experience, shared strategies and tips to help startups create and execute marketing programs and use social media to grow their businesses. Smith, who previously directed MullenLowe Mediahub before co-founding her own… Read more »

Next-generation leaders make a trip to Winston Starts

By Hannah Rice On Thursday, July 12, Winston Starts hosted students from the Wake Forest Leadership Institute Summer Immersion Program for an afternoon spent with our start-up founders. Each summer, the Wake Forest Leadership Institute offers a week-long program for high school students interested in enhancing their skills in things such as management, goal-achievement and… Read more »

Growing startup incubator Winston Starts invites local art students to participate in groundbreaking mural project

By Natalie Wilson WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA — A mural showcasing the innovation, entrepreneurism and collaboration taking over the former GMAC building is rapidly coming to fruition, growing alongside the startup companies on its fourth and fifth floors. The vibrant painting marks the launch of a groundbreaking new project, Winston Arts, which brings together students from… Read more »

Customer Discovery Strategies with Michael Levy

By Natalie Wilson On Tuesday, June 26, passionate healthcare executive and digital health evangelist Michael Levy gave entrepreneurs step-by-step guides to planning continuous customer discovery, including integrating market feedback into initial product development and consistent, adaptive interrogation of market assumptions. “The market is going to evolve around you and you’ll get lost without this,” Levy… Read more »

“Healthcare is Complicated” with Maureen O’Connor

By Natalie Wilson On Tuesday, May 5, Maureen O’Connor, a retired executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina who was named as one of 12 “People to Watch” in 2014 by Triangle Business Journal, one of the nation’s “100 Women to Watch” in 2009 by Diversity Journal and one of 10 “Women Extraordinaire”… Read more »

Perfecting Pitches with VentureSouth

On Tuesday, May 29, Malay Shah and Matt Bailey, directors of VentureSouth Piedmont, gave entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to get inside the heads of angel investors at one of the largest investment firms in the U.S. to learn exactly how to make an effective pitch. The interactive presentation, “Venture Capital: What We Look for in… Read more »