Forrest Firm Sponsors Techstars Triad Startup Weekend, Pleasants to Serve as Coach

The Forrest Firm will sponsor the upcoming Techstars Triad Startup Weekend in Winston-Salem, as part of its ongoing commitment to support the work of North Carolina entrepreneurs and investors.

Triad Startup Weekend will run from November 16-18, hosted by longtime Forrest Firm partner Flywheel Coworking, a hub for entrepreneurs located in downtown Winston-Salem’s innovation district. At the event, participating entrepreneurs will look for a team, prototype an idea, validate the idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. Business ideas must set out to solve social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues.

Throughout the event, entrepreneurs will work with coaches and mentors to shape and validate their ideas and pitches. Virginia Pleasants, a recent addition to the Forrest Firm’s Winston-Salem office, will serve as a startup coach for Triad Startup Weekend.

Ms. Pleasants focuses her practice on estate planning, estate administration, and general business law.  In her corporate practice, she advises clients on the formation and dissolution of business entities, the sale, purchase, and financing of businesses, and the drafting and reviewing of all types of business agreements.

“Working with entrepreneurs and helping them to shape their ideas into viable businesses is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work,” said Pleasants. “It’s no secret that North Carolina, the Triad, and Winston-Salem are places that are friendly to entrepreneurs, and I’m proud to help people in this area build an ecosystem that nurtures startups and gives our local economy a competitive edge for years to come.”

“Special thanks to Peter Marsh and the team at Flywheel Coworking for their continued dedication to lifting Winston-Salem’s startup community,” said Jeff Wolfe, Managing Attorney at the Forrest Firm. “Flywheel and Techstars have been consistent voices in supporting a diverse collection of entrepreneurs across multiple business sectors, and I’ve seen their impact first-hand from my work here in Winston-Salem. Events like Triad Startup Weekend serve multiple great purposes including an immediate boost to economic development in the area and creating a sustainable environment for mission-driven businesses in our state.”

For more information on the Techstars Triad Startup Weekend, taking place this weekend at Winston-Salem’s Flywheel Coworking, visit