Greensboro, NC (October 3, 2019)—Nine entrepreneurial businesses have been selected to participate in the NorthState Tech Lab at HQ Greensboro this fall. Sponsored by NorthState in partnership with HQ Greensboro, the six-week program is provided at no cost to participants to foster entrepreneurial growth among local emerging companies. The Tech Lab will begin on October 7 and continue until November 11.

The Fall 2019 cohort is comprised of social entrepreneurs—companies who combine their entrepreneurial passion with a social mission to make an even greater impact in the community. These social impact entrepreneurs intentionally built businesses to provide new or better solutions that address a wide range of issues facing society.

Participants will receive business training on various topics including business and financial modeling, marketing, and how to use technology to scale. Additionally, the nine entrepreneurs will be embedded in a network of like-minded people who offer support and vital business connections through free membership and access to HQ Greensboro.

“The Tech Lab program is a great way for entrepreneurs in our area to develop the business and technology skills that are crucial for long-term success,” NorthState President and Chief Executive Officer Royster Tucker III said. “The first year of the Tech Lab was very successful, and we look forward to making the second Tech Lab an even greater success by equipping participants with the latest skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

The nine entrepreneurial businesses participating in the program include:

Agnosia Media, LLC Meet Agnosia Media! Agnosia Media LLC bridges the gap between education and business with experiential education and is developing micro-credentials that better translate skills and knowledge acquired into employer recognized assets. Their next phase will develop experiences to leverage and scale access to valuable training.

 Breakthrough Education will provide information, training and coaching resources to parents, students, and key stakeholders to help break down the barriers between high school and higher education or other post-secondary programs, addressing a lack of pre-college programs in Guilford County.

Butler’s Pantry seeks to be an oasis in Rockingham County’s rural food desert by delivering healthy, local, sustainably grown food, alongside convenience store staples in a one-stop-shop retail environment that includes café seating and high-speed internet access.

Dignity Housing addresses our area’s lack of affordable housing for referred and sponsored applicants from the Housing Coalition, Housing Authority, Continuum of Care, and other local nonprofits by purchasing and repurposing homes and by leveraging other available housing stock.

Food Drivers works with existing drivers education courses to repurpose student hours and miles to picking up and delivering food to local nonprofits and food pantries. This provides those organizations with cost savings and a sustainable source of volunteers to help alleviate the effects of food insecurity. fooddrivers.org/

 Broom IT is a patented, environmentally sustainable dry floor duster or wet scrubbing tool for a wide variety of surfaces in the home including floors, tubs, tile, and grout. Its reusability and adaptability provide an economic alternative and its ease of use makes it particularly helpful for individuals with physical disabilities. getbroomit.com

InspireInYou offers anonymous mental health care to students in K-college via an on-demand audio streaming platform that gathers information from users and then creates customized playlists of culturally specific content. Students are served outside the normal hours of staff accessibility and at a greatly reduced cost. inspireinyou.com

Rise and Flow uses simple tools of yoga, breathing, and community to reach populations new to yoga, and health and wellness The company is developing Mindfulness Mobile Centers and a Traumatic Brain Injury program and its We Rise + We Flow initiative for college students focuses on personal growth, balance, and community service. riseandflowllc.com

Tech Culture, LLC works hand in hand with organizations and schools to close the digital, economic, racial and gender divide in STEM careers and education to create a pathway to prosperity for all youth through a series of K-12 level STEM-focused workshops and summer camps.

Visit hqgreensboro.com/northstate-tech-lab for more information.

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About NorthState

North State is a technology company focused on inspiring the Internet-driven lifestyle through high-touch experiences. Its fiber-delivered, ultrafast Internet and Internet-driven applications enable residential customers and businesses to efficiently and securely take advantage of the Internet.  Through its Technology Solutions business unit, North State provides best-in-class data center colocation, customized cloud and IT solutions, managed disaster recovery services, managed security and unified communications. For more information, visit northstate.net.

About HQ Greensboro

HQ Greensboro is a shared workspace in downtown Greensboro designed to empower, foster, and cultivate businesses that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact. We address two challenges that entrepreneurs face: building a trusted support community and gaining access to flexible, affordable office space. Through their partnership, HQ Raleigh, and HQ Greensboro support a strong regional community of entrepreneurs, teaming up on programming, events, and reciprocal membership privileges. For more information visit hqgreensboro.com.

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