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Acta empowers local governments to close the feedback loop with their constituents. Through our digital platform, we streamline the collection of insightful data from residents to drive better decision-making by local governments. Equity is at the core of our model, and our data-driven platform ensures all residents have an equitable stake in how their community is governed and developed.

Anansi uses an app platform to match students with teachers in their communities so that anyone can share and learn skills for free.

Phoenyx is a company that creates ethical and sustainable bags from recycled billboard to offer jobs to people experiencing homelessness.


Phyta designs new strategies for seaweed cultivation to promote plastic substitutes, climate resilience, and economic development. Phyta also strives to support the development of the marine carbon and nutrient credit market to meet growing global demand for marine-based companies that actively support planetary health. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @phytaseaweed.

Quest2College is a web-based simulation that helps underserved middle school students develop strategies to prepare for, get accepted to, afford and complete college. Through a series of 20 real-life missions, users build an avatar and navigate an imaginary journey from middle school to college graduation—while encountering barriers along the way. 

Raise Technologiesis building a marketplace for entrepreneurial and social ventures to identify and access funding opportunities from institutions, foundations, donors, and angel investors by delivering better connections and insights through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.


SaniStationis a maneuverable pod that houses basic hygiene essentials and hand washing water in public locations.

Shearless is an online marketplace for digital sewing patterns. Patternmakers can upload SVG files of their patterns either for free or for sale, and other users can purchase them and either print them out on paper using a desktop printer, or use CNC machines to cut the patterns directly out of fabric. Shearless also provides forums for sewists to discuss their projects, and provides tutorials about digital patternmaking and all the steps of using Shearless to execute one’s creative vision. 

sp0t is a mobile app featuring a customizable map of unique places around you.sp0t’s “spots” consist of private places found and shared by your friends, and the highest rated public places pulled in from other travel guides. sp0t brings the personalities of these places to life by creating digital guestbooks at each spot, containing location-specific content that you can unlock and contribute to once you go there.


X2 Health is developing the first low-cost, non-invasive, rapid-result device that detects the presence of high-risk strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Our goal is to help reduce the incidence of cervical cancer globally by providing an affordable and feasible test for the early detection of HPV.


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Cadre VR is a virtual reality media company specializing in 3D 180-degree and 360-degree narrative VR films.

City News Beat is a nationwide, local news network for connected television. In a hub and spoke production model, City News Beat applies trending topic data of local interest to produce video stories daily, adds local weather highlights, World News, Entertainment News and stories of interest for Enthusiasts from publisher brands you already know.  Our tech stitches all of these elements together, with a host who delivers an updated, informative, binge-worthy local news experience on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung TVs.

Everywhere Ad is a ride share advertising platform for small businesses. We pay Uber and Lyft drivers to market small/local businesses to ride share passengers through our mobile advertising platform. Drivers increase their income, passengers get exclusive deals, and small businesses can grow their customer base!


Ozanam Strategic Insights collects statistically-significant data sets on customers in developing and emerging markets. We apply soft and hard sciences to this data to create unique profiles to help clients understand these customers and markets better. This allows clients to prevent preventable mistakes and strategically operate.

Phyta designs new strategies for seaweed cultivation to promote plastic substitutes, climate resilience, and economic development. Phyta also strives to support the development of the marine carbon and nutrient credit market to meet growing global demand for marine-based companies that actively support planetary health.

IndyCare transforms independent pharmacies into collaborative healthcare hubs that communities look to for acute care, screenings, diagnostics and holistic support and insight into how to be well and stay well.


SP0T is a mobile app that gives you access to a personalized map of interesting places found by people in your community, along with secret spots shared between your friends. SP0T brings the personalities of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, dive bars, shops, and hidden gems in nature to life by creating digital guestbooks that only the spot’s visitors can see. SP0T unlocks authentic experiences that you never knew existed and empowers anyone to rediscover their world. 

Trafficlight is an activity-based social connection app for connecting like-minded people who've collided in the real world.

EXPOCITI is a Marketplace for three-dimensional / interactive design options focused on Trade Show industry. The company provides huge library of design options for custom build exhibit stands, ready to be constructed out of the box. We use Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to interactively explore and conceptualizing the design options in real-time. EXPOCITI’s mission is to deliver high quality and innovative design solution at lower cost while saving the time spent on design process.


Visual Data Tools— Visual Data Tools, Inc. creates modern data analysis and visualization software for the mac platform. Our tools take a unique visual approach to data analysis and programming.


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Young Founders Institute is dedicated to growing the next generation of entrepreneurs by offering camp sessions to middle and high school students that expose them to startup culture and grow their business skills.

Lead for America recruits, trains, and places our nation’s most promising leaders in two-year local government fellowships in their hometowns and regions struggling to attract and retain talent.

Be Pure Beauty is an ALL natural retailer of makeup, skin care, and wellness.  We research and check the ingredients, so you can simply shop clean beauty.


Raw is an all-natural, aloe-based performance gel that improves performance, prevents pain, and helps with recovery so you can get back to doing what you love.

Push Play Sing facilitates music creation for high need populations through the use of adaptive music technology.

Producktiv gives you a fitness tracker for your work day. We develop evidence-based solutions to measurably enhance your productivity in a way that feels fun, social, and effortless.


RecruitRef is an online platform that enables high school athletes to showcase their athletic and academic achievements in order to earn a college athletic scholarship. Athletes have access to a suite of analytics and marketing tools to track their progress recruiting and promote their profile.


Resistor Brews –  We're making kombucha that tastes good with packaging that our customers appreciate.

Stratus TMS, LLC develops SaaS enterprise applications for Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion functions. The first product, ERG Insight™, helps organizations manage the rapid growth of self-directed employee teams that promote diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and product innovation. 

Wonder Crate is a subscription box that inspires kids to use their strengths and skills to make a positive social impact. Each monthly box educates, entertains and empowers kids to be the change they wish to see in the world.


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The British Taxi is a gold medalist in the street level engagement category. Our machines are wrapped and dispatched into North America's biggest retail areas to stimulate sales. Marketers and brand builders utilize our fleet to send messaging in to the country's most exclusive shopping zones such as Los Angeles and New York City.

Let’s Room Together transforms the grad life experience by tackling two of the most painful parts of going to school; finding the right roommate, and completing the virtual “grad prep checklist”. We provide incoming students with a vibrant online social community, proprietary roommate pairing software, and curated prep guides to make the transition back to campus easier to navigate.

AI Tracking Solutions provides a cloud-based software service, based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, for accurate and high throughput analysis of video microscopy data. This innovation has created the world's first software that can accurately and objectively extract particle path data from video microscopy data.


ChartMyMatch* is a technology company that provides granular tennis stats to players of all skill levels. We currently work with ATP and WTA professionals, as well as amateurs across the world to provide highly customized statistical analysis.  

enrollmentFUEL is a communications, management, and training solution that uses both art and science to match aspiring students with purposeful outcomes at higher education institutions that ultimately build the ecosystems that improve our communities and world.

Daily Fantasy Insider is a content provider for daily fantasy sports players. Our unique platform makes the process of building lineups extremely efficient. We strive to help our players have more fun and have more success in their fantasy sports ventures.* creates transformative artificial intelligence solutions to improve the overall medical experience for the doctor and patient utilizing the latest emerging technologies.

Moyo Medical Technologies is a biotechnology startup dedicated to developing women’s healthcare technologies for use in low-resource settings.

VIYB* provides an online platform that creates an effective, simplified, and personalized process for matching mental health therapists with patients using matching algorithms and an improved customer-centric navigation experience.


Viva Biliteracy is addressing the needs of the dual language schools by providing K-5 Spanish curriculum combined with professional development.

Gameflo creates digital products that engage children through their interest in sports and incorporate elements of game design to introduce principles of Computational Thinking. Our mission is to increase access to essential skills in technology and bridge the digital divide, with a focus on minority populations.

Point* is a platform leveraging blockchain technology for merchants to run their loyalty reward programs on Ethereum network, bringing in transparency, interoperability, and convenience to both consumers and businesses.

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Boro Beverage is a local, non-alcoholic craft beverage company. It focused on producing high quality, naturally fermented drinks in small batches, sourced and inspired by NC agriculture.

EmpowerRT helps people in developing countries to improve radiation cancer treatment without spending millions of dollars.  It provides UNC- developed clinically tested software, personalized device fabrication know how and training to improve cancer treatment quality similar to modern technology but at 5-10% of the cost.

GoKart is a transportation service much like Uber but for kids ages 6- 17.  GoKart's vetting process ensures caring and safe drivers who are moms themselves.  Parents can book a single ride or multiple rides and can choose their own driver.


Path BioAnalytics is an emerging biotech company developing assays and databases for precision medicine by combining world-class epithelial cell culture technology with cutting-edge analytics.

Jobalo* makes it easier for high school and college students to get jobs. We aggregate part-time jobs, internships, volunteer and contract work onto a single platform, only for students.

Road Amico is the first ever web, mobile and GPS enabled platform for curated, experiential learning. Narrative and visually rich, it incorporates text, images, video and audio to provide a comprehensive learning experience that is interactive, shareable and global.


We Are provides anti-racism educational programs for students, parents and educators.  It uses a three-pronged approach to dismantle systemic racism in education and beyond through summer camps for kids, workshops for parents and professional development for educators.

Clarametrics* is a simple, powerful dashboard solution to organize, view, and interpret data clearly and from anywhere in the world. Its unique data visualizations and analytics expertise offer powerful insights that drive the marketing, e-commerce, and growth goals that businesses need in order to grow and flourish.

Brilliant You designs and manufactures women custom denim apparel. Our patented designs incorporate stretchy triangle-shaped material, called enhancements, into the denim seam that conforms to your unique body shape.

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Localfit* is the ultimate travel fitness membership. Localfit gives members access to over 5,000 premier health clubs and class-based studios while traveling. Utilizing cutting-edge location and card solutions, Localfit gives members unprecedented access to the nations best fitness facilities at an incredible value. Download the Localfit app and get started today!

FeedStation is a B2B service that solves marketplace integration problems for eCommerce companies. FeedStation's turnkey, cloud-based approach helps companies increase marketplace revenues without disrupting operations.

FanAnalytical helps collegiate athletic departments thrive by providing tools to boost fan engagement and encourage revenue growth. We help invigorate different internal, sustainable revenue sources, such as ticketing, merchandise and donations. Our primary solution will be a SaaS platform suite for data warehousing, predictive analytics and campaign management.                                              


Data Bend disrupts the data solutions industry by providing a comprehensive platform to integrate data from many incompatible sources and put that data to work.  Mechenai was founded with the mission of developing disruptive technologies that change the landscape of industries. 

So Good Pupusas is a social justice food truck working for the non-profit Pupusas for Education to promote cultural appreciation and higher education through pupusas and scholarships.   

Monikos uses mnemonics to create a fun interactive and social educational app that can be used amongst friends and allows healthcare graduate students to efficiently learn about the most common drug facts.     


NanoVest is an early stage marketplace that focuses on generating bottom-up economic growth through the active engagement of the startup community by providing a transparent data and investment hub that caters not only to startups and investors but also to the many other key members and organizations within the community who are dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs.

NoiseMedium is a digital magazine that crowdsources the best creative writing from around the world and curates it with machine learning. Our goal is to become the premier digital publication and curator of creative works. 

Sideline* is fantasy sports betting - a free game that combines Vegas-style bets with the competitive, head-to-head nature of classic fantasy. 

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Jury-X disrupts an established market by providing data services to civil litigation attorneys before jury selection begins. 

Bidio helps brands cost-effectively inspire creators and engage viewers. Our real-time auction system promotes truly native ads, which people choose to watch. Essentially, we flipped the script, so producers can upload authentic videos before dealing with sponsors.

Papirys is a blockchain-enabled database that allows you to work with encrypted data in real time. Modify, analyze, or transmit your information with absolute security and authentication of users/ file integrity. Work with your data without jeopardizing your data.


Roof is a simpler way to share roommate expenses, chores, and rent payments.

WalletFi is a digital wallet that allows you to manage all of your recurring charges in one place. With our new mobile app, replacing a credit card has never been easier.  Our unique capabilities will identify which subscriptions are tied to your old card and update the billing information with the new number.

Shopagon uses artificial intelligence to personalize the way you shop for clothing online. We learn your style to help you discover items you like.


Virtual Kinetics gives physical therapists the ability to provide better care in less time by using a cell phone camera to automate routine clinic processes and engage their patients in their own care. With Virtual Kinetics, a physical therapist can use the smartphone camera in their pocket to spend less time measuring a patient and more time helping them get more out of daily life. Patients will also feel more excited in their care by seeing exactly how they are improving week-over-week. 


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LineLeader is developing a mobile app that allows patrons to pay to skip lines, and allows popular venues to capitalize on excess demand. LineLeader lets venues choose whether to donate these proceeds to a charity of their choice, or retain them as additional revenue. LineLeader will be the fast pass for patrons at bars, nightclubs, and restaurants across the world.

Kinethics* harnesses the power of storytelling to combat global corruption. We create immersive anti-bribery and corruption training games for employees of multinational companies.

Leading Schools Forward helps leaders create high-performing school cultures and workplaces of choice based on shared values and educational responsibility. We provide a systematic, step-by-step model for engaging the school in developing and customizing values that are defined with behaviors. helps leaders create high-performing school cultures and workplaces of choice based on shared values and educational responsibility. 


Source* is a mobile application that solves today’s problem of news clutter by allowing users to effortlessly browse, share, store, and discuss internet articles amongst their personalized network. By providing a simple interface that focuses on article content and fast and efficient browsing, Source refocuses and rethinks how we interact with articles on mobile devices. 

Morph manages all operations of delivery from any small business to any customer in a community. We provide the drivers and technology to make delivery a viable and affordable option for any business.

Quantworks develops analytics based on the data you have to deliver the value you need. With the rise of big data and inexpensive storage, companies of all sizes are acquiring vast amounts of data. As a result, companies want to leverage this data for innovation and value. How can companies capitalize on this asset when this is not their specialty? We develop and build insightful analytic prototypes, tools and solutions that balance near-term value and long-term success. 

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BlipMe is a social app that makes going out simpler, safer, and so much more fun. Send a blip to the friends you'll see or want to see while you're out! You'll show up in real-time on their map until your blip expires or you decide to delete it. 

Seal The Seasons partners with North Carolina farmers to freeze, market, and their locally grown fruits and vegetables, providing our retail and institutional customers with year-round access to local produce.

SWAP Socks creates uniquely mismatched socks with a mission to generate aid and awareness for the global visual impairment epidemic. Every pack sold funds an eye care service someone in need. 


Textile Solutions* is a company that helps textile and polymer manufacturing facilities repurpose and recycle industrial byproducts to make first quality products. 

Tribal Intel* empowers sales organizations to create a social selling environment and strategy that starts with customer engagements and works backwards to capture the key components for success.  We believe the future of sales is a data driven, intelligently automated platform for unifying critical information in order to provide a more effective sales experience. 

Waterless Buddy’s* is a waterless car detailing company that provides customers with a wash-while-you-do-anything type of service.


Trill Financial* provides machined learned data analysis to financial institutions. Trill allows asset managers to minimize expensive manual analysis and increase the performance of their portfolios, all in an easy to use, high-level package.


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Inverge* offers frictionless connection for student entrepreneurs to the different components of launching a venture. Inverge connects users with compatible cofounders or teammates based on interests and skill sets.

Academic Benchmarking Consortium improves decision making within universities by enabling them to truly understand their cost base as tied to key activities, ensure spending is properly aligned with their mission and compare their key results to peers and allow for best practice sharing.

CommuniGift is the first online platform fostering product-based giving. We’re creating the most meaningful and convenient online giving experience for donors, focusing on transparency by allowing direct product donations to reputable nonprofits. For nonprofits, we’re creating a comprehensive “Software as a Service” that provides real time giving data and streamlines the donation, feedback, and tax-deduction processes.


LineHire is a crowd-sourced recruitment platform. We help recruiters source candidates through personal referrals. Recruiters offer a “bounty” and anyone with the right connections can earn the “bounty” by referring candidates.

Likeforce* is your social media workforce. We train college students to manage social media for small and medium businesses using our proprietary marketing software platform.

Sticker Farm is a children's lifestyle brand celebrating the 'neat' in the ordinary to the extraordinary with a focus on inspiring conscious, creative and caring children. 


UConnection offers students exclusive deals, daily specials, and more from all the dining and nightlife venues in their college town.

Tom & Jenny’s creates gourmet caramels that naturally prevent cavities. We were founded by Dr. Jenny, a pediatric dentist, after hearing the frustrations of countless patients and their parents who desperately wanted to avoid cavities but couldn't kick their candy habits. We are building a healthy candy and snack brand consumers can trust to be great tasting and great for teeth.


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NonScents is a message and story company that gives people the opportunity to express themselves and tell their stories through products that can be sent anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Our mission is to help people connect to others while also giving back to the community and helping people in disadvantaged situations.

AlignedIn is a decision engine and networking portal that aims to assist young adults and those exploring career transitions by aligning their career aspirations with life preferences and connecting them with those in the workforce.

The Director Group specializes in providing unique services to funeral homes in order to enhance their customer base while increasing their revenue streams. The Director Group’s niche insurance offerings, training and support programs allow funeral directors the opportunity to offer more affordable pre-planning solutions to a broader range of customers.


SyncHear enables smartphone users to listen to multiple televisions through their phone and to choose the television audio they are interested in listening to, and to change the audio stream to another television simply and effortlessly.

Mamafrica Designs aims is to change the lives of the women and the future of the children that have been most affected by conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo. We take a holistic approach to creating this change by providing education, healing arts programs and economic opportunity.

Emerging Frontiers is a crowd-sourced provider of financial news and analysis for the world’s frontier and emerging markets. The company seeks to disrupt the financial services industry through the merging of crowdfinance, impact investing and private equity. Emerging Frontiers will provide Main Street with the same opportunities that have always been available to Wall Street.

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Resound* is a national digital music magazine network that covers college community music scenes through locally focused, student-run branches.

Perserv8* provides job training and life skills education to adults with High-Functioning Autism. Persever8 prepares trainees for technology-sector opportunities, such as programming, software testing, data entry, and data cleansing.

Bevii is a mobile, location-based social network that looks to mimic your offline social life online. 


Gift Boogle is a collaborative gift-giving network that nurtures connection, authenticity, and love with the right gift at the right moment.

Keona Health helps providers put down the phone and see more patients. Their online triage system reduces the amount of staff resources that need to be dedicated to triage and allows providers to focus staff on billable services. 

Impulsonic* develops efficient and accurate acoustics software for architects and engineers and outdoor acoustics solutions for urban designers as well as audio content creation tools for sound designers in the film, television and video games industries.


42 Local* is a site dedicated to local commerce and is currently focused on the Chapel Hill & Carrboro, NC community. It's mission is to promote and explore ways to leverage technology to strengthen local commerce and communities.

Hypestarter* is a way to follow the calendars of your favorite people, venues and organizations.

Acris Pharmaceuticals is a opportunistic pharmaceutical company that combines traditional investment and venture philanthropy strategies to provide a balanced approach that is unique, innovative, and responsible.


A Ban Against Neglect is a non-profit organization in Accra, Ghana working to empower street girls while cleaning up the environment.

Spiffy provides convenient, trusted, professional mobile car washing and detailing services to affluent consumers

RentalTaxTool provides a quick and easy way to track, manage and file the sales and hospitality taxes for your vacation rental home.


Zip Services is a commercial laundry and linen service provider focused on disrupting a $35B industry with simple pricing and great service.

Rethinkh2o helps large scale water users save water, money and integrate water into their sustainability approach. 

Let's Chip In facilitates convenient group giving for life's important occasions.


Freedom: block distractions, be productive, and start accomplishing more. 


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Sanitation Creations* offers environmentally-friendly, hygienic sanitation solutions that are odorless, waterless, and economical with a focus on the 2.5 billion people without access to sanitation.

Hopecare* is the brand America will trust to navigate the future of end of life health care communication and reimbursement.

Turnsmith* provides a lean inventory replenishment platform that seamlessly integrates with ERP/MRP systems to allow manufacturers to improve inventory performance.


NanoOncology* is a biotechnology startup dedicated to developing and delivering more effective cancer treatments with fewer adverse effects. NanoOnocology harnesses the powerful, targeted chemotherapeutics with dramatically reduced toxicity profiles.  

Simply B Gluten Free* makes take-and-bake gluten-free and dairy-free bread products for both restaurants and grocery stores. Our breads are so delicious - you won't believe it!

Level Logic offers the first self-leveling picture hanging technology, saving time and energy by eliminating the need to level frames ever again.