2013 was an update on that first year-and-a-half of progress - HQ Raleigh (formerly HUB Raleigh) opened. American Underground expanded in Durham and announced plans for Raleigh. The city hired its first innovation and entrepreneurship manager in Derrick Minor. CED created Triangulate to map all of the region's startups and resources to assist them. United started a nonstop flight to San Francisco, making it easier for investors to visit companies here.
This year's Raleigh Innovation Summit, coming September 10 during Entrepreneurship Week, will celebrate successes since then. It will also explore the link between the health of cities and the vibrancy of entrepreneurial communities.
He's also an angel investor and a serial entrepreneur, having founded or advised SurePayroll, OneWed, Amacai and Jellyvision. It's pretty clear he's worked with almost every entrepreneurial entity in town, and will have a wealth of knowledge to share from years building up the startup scene in Chicago.
But a highlight of the event will be that annual update of goals set one year ago.
The list of those goals is below, and to get you prepped for the Summit, we're providing a little ExitEvent commentary on where we think we stand today. Feel free to share your opinions and views in the comments below.
Expand our roadmap to resources for entrepreneurs.
**Raleigh created a helpful guide earlier this year. We covered it here.
Create a talent pipeline.
**The Iron Yard Academy powered by Smashing Boxes opened in Durham and Tech Talent South in Raleigh, training more people to code and design software in the Triangle.
Encourage local news coverage of startups.
**ExitEvent was acquired by American Underground and beefed up its coverage of the scene. WRALTechWire and the Triangle Business Journal continue to break a lot of news in the space. Boston-based Xconomy opened an office in July at RTP.
Grow tadpoles into titans.
**Valencell, Citrix Sharefile, Digitalsmiths and Appia are recent examples of this happening and Validic, Windsor Circle and Automated Insights are well on their way.
Cross-pollinate universities, entrepreneurs, investors and corporations.
**This is the mission of Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. Here's an update piece we published earlier this year. Groundwork Labs takes university-born startups through its program each summer. And ThinkHouse now offers young entrepreneurs a place to live and work on their startups post graduation.
Pursue government incentives to keep talent local.
**Raleigh announced plans to begin offering incentives to startups in 2015. Chapel Hill has partnered with UNC and private investors to open Launch Chapel Hill and the 1789 accelerator for students.
Spread the word in minority and women's communities.
**There are several efforts underway on the women front. SOAR is a partnership between Google for Entrepreneurs and American Underground. Triangle Startup Weekend Women is planned for October 10 at HQ Raleigh.
**On minorities, the downtown Raleigh incubator closed after a troubling audit in 2013, but plans were recently announced to revive it and remain focused on minority incubation. In Durham, a multicultural women's group meets regularly.
Simulate future cast of innovators instead of echoing the past.
**ThinkHouse may count as an effort to achieve this. But we'll be anxious to hear a status update on this goal.
Create more events focused on emerging technology companies.
**Examples of this are the Triangle Bitcoin Meetup and the Raleigh Internet of Things Meetup, the Cryptolina Bitcoin Expo and WRALTechWire's coming "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" event.
Build a network of high net worth individuals in our region.
**CED has begun collecting this data and publishing it in a new Innovators Report. Beyond the efforts surrounding the report, we're not sure if there is an official network beyond the angel groups.
Other goal setting included light rail and training the next generation of entrepreneurs. Read the full report here.
And here's a video recap the Innovate Raleigh team produced after last year's event: