Let’s Chip In Wins UNC’s Triangle Start-up Weekend

On Friday, Nov 15, entrepreneurial participants at Triangle Start-up Weekend voted for the top start-up ideas and then self-selected themselves into teams. The winning idea, Let's Chip In, was the brain child of Jeff Henriod, a second-year MBA student at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. This soon-to-be first time father had an idea to create a website and app that helps new parents raise friends-and-family money for significant purchases, such as a baby crib. Henriod’s concept did well in first-round voting, attracting potential teammates from among the 86 aspiring entrepreneurs in attendance. 

Annalisa Winther, a UNC Kenan-Flagler undergraduate student and Global Learning Opportunities in Business Education Fellow and  two local software developers, Andrew Ice and Leonel Galan, rounded out the team of eight and were critical in developing a working minimal viable product by mid-way through the weekend. This gave Henriod and Winther a chance to test the idea with potential customers and raise early revenue – a winning feature for the judges who awarded Let’s Chip In first prize on Sunday.

As the winning venture, Let’s Chip In will get a six-month lease at 1789 Venture Lab, an incubator for younger businesses in downtown Chapel Hill, as well as free consultation from marketing, social enterprise, accounting and legal professionals.  

To read more about this event and other winners and participants check out the article Let's Chip In wins UNC's Triangle Startup Weekend at UNC.edu


Triangle Start-up Weekend: A Chapel Hill Success

On November 16, Launch Chapel Hill hosted the Saturday Night After Party for Triangle Start-up Weekend. It was an opportunity for everyone involved in this entrepreneurial event to cool down and network. Startup Weekend is a global initiative that brings together passionate individuals with unique skill sets and experiences, then challenges them to turn their ideas into reality over the course of a weekend. The event had 86 participants and attracted amazing speakers and judges from Chapel Hill and surrounding Raleigh-Durham area, including Ted Zoller, UNC-Chapel Hill Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Judith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, and Alec Guettel, co-founder of Sungevity and Axiom Law and a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UNC.

To read more about this event, check out Ann Johnston's article at Chapel Hill's Triangle Startup Weekend Has More Than Good Looks at ExitEvent.com.