Member Spotlight: Jim Verdonik

The Raleigh Founded team is proud to present our first episode on our podcast “Founded Connect.” In this episode, our Events and Programming Manager, Sarah, talks with Jim Verdonik of the Innovate Capital Law Clinic of Campbell University. Jim, along with his fellow attorney Benji Jones, are committed to helping Campbell Law students obtain relevant experience in the entrepreneurship field, and also to assisting early-stage startups with their legal matters. 

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Founded Connect: A New Podcast

Since the Raleigh Founded Community is filled with so much diverse entrepreneurial talent, we realized that the best place to look for resources was right within our own community. In these podcasts you will hear from accountants, bankers, lawyers, founders, CEO’s, and more. We are also proud to have as resource providers, other well-respected and connected professionals who are partnered with Raleigh Founded, such as HPG and North State Bank, to name a few. Access Founded Connect on Spotify today!

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Community Spotlight: Mayanthi Jayawardena

Since Raleigh Founded is all about supporting local businesses, and having social and economic impact on the Triangle Area, who better to paint our new mural than Mayanthi Jayawardena, owner of Serendib Creative? Mayanthi is a talented local Raleigh artist who specializes in creating her own art as well as commissions, logos, cover art, and so much more. She also does photography and videography, and loves being behind the camera and helping others feel confident. While she was painting our new logo, she was able to talk with the Raleigh Founded team about the inspirations behind her artwork, recent pieces that she has created, and much more.

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Community Spotlight: Six Wing Studios

Six Wing Studios is a new player in the world of video games. For the last three years, Dr. Gabe Pappalardo has been creating a company that focuses on both entertaining and helping their customers maintain their mental and emotional well-being. After years of experimenting with different ideas, Six Wing Studios is launching its first game in the series, Amaru: The Self Care Virtual Pet. “So we went out to the National Alliance for Mental Illness meeting and interviewed around 30 people. We asked them about their l lives and daily struggles. What we heard was, ‘I want to get better with my mental well-being so that I can help others.’ So there’s this motivation to get better to be of service to others.” This inspired the team to focus on a style of games based on building a supportive relationship.  “Amaru is a virtual pet, similar to Tamagotchi, Neopets, or Webkinz. The notion is that you check in every day to take care of and build a relationship with Amaru,” explained Dr. Pappalardo. “You check in with your pet, and then you check in with yourself.”

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Community Spotlight: Slighter

A product of the R!ot Accelerator Program and a Techstars alumni, Slighter is a new company that has the potential to help millions of people stop smoking. “At Slighter we aim to contribute to a smoke-free world and save millions of lives through our unique patented solution. Our mission is to help people break their smoking habits and lead healthier lives. We empower people with their own data, and serve as a motivational guide so they can reach their goals.”

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Innovate Raleigh: What’s next in innovation for Raleigh

Innovate Raleigh was founded in 2011 by current Mayor, Mary-Ann Baldwin and, then Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at NC State University, Dr. Terri Lomax. The non-profit organization is committed to making our region the top center for innovation and entrepreneurship in the nation by connecting entrepreneurs to funding, talent, and opportunities.

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Shop Local With Your Tech

We talk a lot about the power of shopping local. You can shop local when you go out to eat at local restaurants, for your holiday shopping, or even by getting that new cute top from Flourish Market, just down the street, but what about shopping local with your tech? All companies need a certain amount of software to operate. These days we are chatting in Slack, task managing in Asana, billing in Salesforce, but are there more local options to source your tech?

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