FORREST COMMUNITY FOCUS: TRIANGLE STARTUP RESOURCES

From its inception, the Forrest Firm has dedicated its efforts to providing sophisticated legal counsel to a wide variety of businesses covering multiple industries, and at every stage of the business life cycle.  We pride ourselves in particular on the level of service we provide to the area’s burgeoning startup community, offering the sort of customization of services, billing, and responsiveness required to meet the needs of emerging businesses and their leaders

As part of our commitment to the Triangle’s entrepreneurial community, we like to promote the area’s resources that combine to make us one of the most desirable places to do business in the country.  Here is just a sampling of the many resources available:

Bull City Forward

Launched four years ago through a $100,000 financial commitment from a diverse group of leaders in the city, Durham’s Bull City Forward is a key resource for promoting social innovation, specifically through aiding entrepreneurs in the launch of businesses with a focus on benefiting the public good.  The organization uses a three-fold strategy to achieve its mission, through the Forward Fellowship, social innovation challenges, and community events.   Their support for entrepreneurs is wide-ranging in nature, from financial (through fellowship investments and cash prizes through its innovation challenges), to mentoring, networking, and connecting business leaders with mutual interests.

CED

Founded in 1984 as the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, CED is a membership organization tasked with diversifying the business community of the Research Triangle Park area through promoting entrepreneurship.  Since its earliest days, the RTP has been a bastion of corporate campuses of multi-billion dollar global companies, and CED has played a pivotal role in identifying and promoting high-impact, high-growth startups in the Triangle area.  Powered by more than 4,000 members representing more than 700 companies, CED is focused on providing a set of solutions, including conferences, forums, workshops, and other programs that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, and members of the area’s esteemed academic community.  This group is known for the strength of some of events, including the Biotech Forum, and its life science and tech venture conferences.

Launch Chapel Hill

One of the Triangle’s newest entities geared toward startups, Launch Chapel Hill, formed in the spring of 2013.  Launch Chapel Hill is the outgrowth of a joint investment by public and private supporters including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.   Launch Chapel Hill brings entrepreneurs together in a co-working space, links them with partners and mentors, including entrepreneurs-in-residence, and offers seminars and workshops aimed at accelerating startups to sustainable maturity.   The majority of the group’s roster of mentors comes from the widely-renowned Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC’s top-ranked Kenan-Flagler School of Business.

Stay tuned to this space, as we will continue to update interested entrepreneurs and executives on the activities of the Triangle’s wealth of business resources.