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Happy Tuesday!

If you (like me) missed the latest edition of the Friday Nooner, you’ll want to rectify that. Joe was joined by his Bronto co-founder Chaz Felix and Jackie as co-hosts, while they welcomed guest Haley Huie, who leads NC State’s entrepreneurship efforts. They also talked a lot about playing Assassin. Or so I’ve heard.
 


Prept's Ready

Nicole Boyd followed a tried-and-true path to launching a startup. She personally faced a problem—finding cool things to wear—talked to others facing a similar problem, then devised a solution. The result is Prept, a platform to connect users to virtual style consultations from experts. A Cary native and NC State grad, Nicole and her family moved back to the Triangle this summer and took Prept with her. Read our full story here.


 


Exit Stories

Sometimes it can be dispiriting for early-stage founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to hear stories about successful exits and wonder why others seem to find the holy grail so easily while so much is a struggle for them. But most often, the reality is messier than the headline can capture. That’s one reason our podcast Exit Stories can be such a useful listen. This week’s guest is Greg Clary, who was Co-Founder and CEO of Mi-Corporation, a Durham-based software startup that sold to Ideagen last July. As Greg makes clear, the company was certainly no overnight success, and even successful exits are arduous.
 
Read some show highlights here, then listen (and subscribe!) to the episode here.


 


SEED Grants

NC IDEA has selected 22 semi-finalists from across the state for the Fall 2022 cycle of its $50K SEED grants. Of the 22, 15 are from the Triangle and 8 of those are former GrepBeat story subjects. Here are the Triangle startups, with links where relevant to our stories: Animal Cancer Dx (Raleigh), Bake Eat Love (Raleigh), Bristles (Durham), Clever Education Solutions (Raleigh), Ignyte IQ (Clayton), LabRunner (Raleigh), LatticeAI (Cary), MyMatR (Raleigh), Phase Dock Inc. (Raleigh), Quadridox (Hillsborough), ROSA Technology (Chapel Hill), Silverquicken Education (Carrboro), Social Cascade (Raleigh), Spring & Mulberry (Raleigh) and Uviquity (Raleigh). You can see the full NC IDEA list here.


 


Fueling Up

Two former GrepBeat story subjects have raised new funds according to SEC filings. Raleigh-based InsightFinder, led by co-founder and CEO (and NC State professor) Helen Gu, closed on a Series A round worth a shade less than $10M. (It’s $9,913,972 for those scoring at home.) The round includes participation from Durham’s IDEA Fund Partners and the Triangle Tweener Fund. The startup uses AI and machine learning to help predict IT outages before they happen. See TechWire for more info, and here’s our initial feature on InsightFinder from last January.
 
Meanwhile Raleigh-based Liine has booked just under $3M in new funds. (For the record it was $2,874,986 because apparently nobody uses round numbers anymore.) We first profiled Liine in 2019 for its SaaS platform that helps doctors offices turn incoming calls into new patients.


 


Shark Bait

Set those DVRs: the wife-and-husband team behind Durham-based crochet (seriously) startup The Woobles is appearing on Shark Tank this Friday. Founders Justine Tiu and Adrian Zhang can’t say yet if they landed a deal—or any other specifics about the episode—but The Woobles’s crochet kits and accompanying ed-tech platform have already been exploding in growth since the couple moved to Durham early in the pandemic. Justine is a former designer at Google and Adrian was a Wall Street trader. Now let’s see how they fare in the tank. You can see Triangle Inno and sister publication TBJ for more.


 


Science-y Grants

The North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation recently doled out $5M in state grants to boost tech innovation. The program supports companies that have recently received or are pursuing funding through two federal programs, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs. The programs skew toward the life scienc-y and other lab-based companies as opposed to tech as we define it, but a handful of GrepBeat story subjects landed grants. They are: Raleigh’s InsightFinder (see Item No. 4 above as well) and Secmation, Durham’s Coprata and Carrboro’s Quantworks. See Triangle Inno for the full list.


 


Spread The News

Raleigh-based ArenaCX, a Republic Wireless spinout that we first profiled in April, 2020, has announced a partnership with Zendesk to give customers frictionless access to outsourced talent, especially call centers and other customer support resources. See here for the full release.
 
Here’s more good news from another former GrepBeat story subject: Allstacks Earns Eight Badges in G2 Fall 2022 Reports.


 


Share Alike

Since we’re still in a very sharing mood, here are two new feature stories on former GrepBeat story subjects from our local media friends: 1) Durham’s Utopia Spa And Global Wellness (TechWire story/GrepBeat story); 2) Raleigh’s Green Places in TBJ, and our earlier feature story—plus CEO Alex Lassiter on The Friday Nooner and the startup's inclusion in last year’s inaugural Startups To Watch. And we can’t forget TechWire’s story on coworking spot Durham Bottling Co., which sponsored and hosted the August GrepBeat Happy Hour.


 


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Extra Bit

Congrats to GrepBeat story subjects Erkang Zheng (the CEO of Morrisville-based cybersecurity startup JupiterOne, another 2021 Startups To Watch honoree) and Jason Widen (CEO of Raleigh Founded and a recent Download Q&A subject) for being tabbed for TBJ’s 2022 CEO of the Year Awards. Here are the TBJ links for Erkang and Jason.

 

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