Startup Stage

Startup Stage Podcast

On-Demand Spa Services (Naya Powell, Spa Utopia)

Spa Utopia is an on-demand spa service which partners with contractor spa therapists to deliver massages, facials, and any other spa services to your home, office, hotel…anywhere…all over the United States. Founder Naya Powell is projecting almost a billion dollars in revenue for Spa Utopia by year 10 in business. But to get there, she’s…

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The Drawer Full of Homeowner’s Manuals and Clutter in One App (DigiHome)

Connor Strickland is a 23 year old serial entrepreneur. Yes, serial at 23 – he runs three companies currently. A plant delivery service, a marketing agency, and the company he’s pitching to investors today – DigiHome. DigiHome gives you all the information you need to know about your home in one free convenient app. All…

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Can WeMovv Be the Uber of Rural Transportation?

Dante Evans has been in the transportation industry for 32 years, many of those driving a bus, and he sees a problem. People in rural communities don’t have access to transportation that many of us in more urban areas take for granted. There aren’t as many bus routes, ride shares aren’t as available, and it’s…

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Personalized Books to Solve Underrepresentation in Children’s Literature (Keepsake Tales)

“When you look at the, the children’s literature market today, you see large groups of children that are excluded. When you’re not able to see yourself in a children’s book, it has major consequences on your view of your own value, your self esteem, your place in society.” Michael Vaggalis from Keepsake Tales is on…

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Food Scientist Adds Nutrients to Family’s Secret Recipe (Num Num Sauce)

Food scientist Michael Lloyd, CEO of Num Num Sauce, wants to change condiments to make them healthy. He started with his grandfather’s recipes from 40 years ago, then developed a process to get more vegetables and less sodium into his line of Num Num Sauces, and STILL have them test great. The company has been…

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Do the Investors Want a Slice of This Blue Ribbon Pie Company? (Slice Pie Company)

Kristen Cleve is the owner of Slice Pie Company, and she’s all over the Triangle. Winning the Blue Ribbon in the NC State Fair, in local magazines, and even in USA Today. She’s like the Julia Child or Ree Drummond of the Triangle, and maybe one day she’ll have her own cooking show.  But for…

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Can AI Make the Home Lending Process Less Painful? (Home Lending Pal)

Getting a home mortgage is an extremely painful process, and once you’re approved, you feel locked in without ever knowing if you could have found better terms.  Steven Better, COO of Home Lending Pal, thinks his company has come up with a solution to ease the pain – and it’s all about artificial intelligence. He’s…

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Is Drop-In Childcare a Scalable Business? (Kate’s Korner)

Kate Goodwin, founder of Kate’s Korner Drop-In Childcare in Durham NC, has over 30 years in daycare experience and is ready to take the leap to entrepreneurship.  She’s building a drop-in center that will be open earlier and close later than traditional daycares, and she won’t require monthly commitments. Is this a good idea and…

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Startup Stage Trailer

Startup founders who haven’t had access to capital, dream chasers who don’t have the network to get in front of venture capitalists, underrepresented entrepreneurs who will give their best pitch for their companies in front of 5 Triangle (Raleigh Durham NC) investors who can make their dreams a reality. But are the entrepreneurs ready? And…

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