Forrest Firm Sponsors NC State’s 2019 Lulu eGames, Fields and Gravatt to Judge

The Forrest Firm is proud to announce its sponsorship of North Carolina State University’s 2019 Lulu eGames, the university’s largest startup competition.

Taking place during the school’s 2019 spring semester, the Lulu eGames includes two rounds of competition in six categories, offering more than $100,000 in prizes for NC State entrepreneurs. Student entrepreneurs compete in these six areas:

  • New Venture
  • Design and Prototype
  • Social and Environmental Impact
  • Arts Venture
  • Built on Cloud
  • Daugherty Endowment (NC State-licensed technology)

The university has underwritten the eGames program through a generous gift from the event’s title sponsor, online publishing company Lulu.

Stephanie Fields

The 2017 and 2018 competitions attracted hundreds of entries from across 10 of NC State’s academic colleges. In round one of the eGames, which takes place between February 13-27,- judges review two-page executive summaries and watch 60-second video pitches from each of the startup entries. A group of entrants will move to a second round, the Finalist Pitch Round, where they will submit business plans of up to 10 pages and pitch their business concepts live on campus to the judges on Friday, March 22.

On Wednesday, April 3, the competition will conclude with the Lulu eGames Live, where finalists will be awarded with prizes and recognition.

The Forrest Firm’s Stephanie Fields and Lyle Gravatt will serve as judges for the Lulu eGames.

Lyle Gravatt

Stephanie Fields advises entrepreneurs and executives in a wide range of legal matters pertinent to every stage of the business life cycle, with particular emphasis on the needs of early-stage companies, including entity formation, venture financings, and governance. She working with women and minority entrepreneurs, as well as startups from rural communities across North Carolina.

Lyle Gravatt focuses his practice on patents, trademarks, and intellectual property licensing and agreements. His strategic perspectives and experience in a wide range of technologies allow clients to protect and monetize their intellectual property assets in coordination with their business’s goals. Lyle provides end-to-end services aimed at helping companies grow and protect themselves with regard to intellectual property-related risk, from competitive intelligence and portfolio reviews to filing and prosecuting applications for building value.

“The Lulu eGames is a great example of how the Triangle’s unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, students, professors, investors, and business advisors come together in fun, productive ways to advance startup ideas quickly into commercial concepts and viable businesses,” said David Morris, Managing Attorney of the Forrest Firm’s Durham office. “Having judged the competition entries myself last year, I know the quality of NC State’s students and their ideas. Our team is looking forward to participating in this year’s eGames.”

For more information on the 2019 Lulu eGames at North Carolina State University, visit