Member Feature: Zainab Baloch

Young American’s Protest (YAP!) is an online tool to get the next generation involved in the democratic process. Zainab, a former candidate for Raleigh mayor, is a deeply motivated millennial, who wants people to understand that democracy can be expressed in more ways than just through voting. Although voting is an integral part of the democratic process, Zainab believes that there is much untapped potential for political activism, particularly on the local level. When describing YAP!, Zainab wants it to not only be a tool for increasing local civic participation, but also for changing the prevailing mindset around how we participate in our democracy.

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Member Feature: Samantha Peart of Pivotal IT

Pivotal IT was founded approximately a year ago, yet is already establishing itself as a full service IT firm. Established by Samantha Peart, a talented female entrepreneur of color, Pivotal IT offers a full range of services, including app development, cyber security, website infrastructure, cloud architecture, and big data. Pivotal IT works primarily with the federal government, but has also worked with commercial clients as well.

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Raleigh Founded’s International Landing Spot

It is with all of these attributes in mind that Raleigh Founded announces an exciting new program that aims to bring together companies from all around the world right here in NC. Raleigh Founded, in partnership with the Economic Development Partnership of NC, is proud to announce The International Landing Spot of North Carolina. 

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A New Jobs Board and Research Page

2020 has brought a lot of challenges but none greater than the challenge of how to get and stay connected in this strange, new (mostly virtual) world. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we chose to look at this challenge as an opportunity; an opportunity to create something bigger and better than before. So this year we are excited to announce the Raleigh Founded Resource Page and Jobs Board! While we have always provided resources to our members and managed an informal jobs board, the virtual shift of 2020, prompted us to refine and expand that value to the Raleigh community at large.

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The Future Is Female

Here at Raleigh Founded, the majority of our staff identify as women, and though we are all different in so many ways, we are all proud female entrepreneurs who want to help Raleigh Founded have a social and economic impact here in the Triangle. In addition, there are incredible female members of Raleigh Founded working everyday to make the world a better place.

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Community Spotlight: Activate Good

During this season of thanks and giving back, particularly during what has been such a challenging year for so many, we at Raleigh Founded wanted to highlight Activate Good, an incredibly important local nonprofit volunteer mobilization organization. Founded fifteen years ago, Activate Good is a Triangle-based organization that focuses on inspiring others to get involved with the needs of the community. Activate Good operates on the principle that most members of a community want to help their neighbors and community members, but often are not sure how to get involved.

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Founded Connect: John Samuel

John Samuel is one of those rare individuals who you hear about on the news or in inspirational stories, but never think you’re going to come across in real life. Not only has he achieved much in his life so far, he has done so under extremely difficult circumstances…After many hurdles and setbacks, John has landed back here in North Carolina where he grew up, and has launched ABLR, a joint venture with Walk West, a digital marketing agency here in Raleigh.

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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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