Local Startups Throw Fast Pitches to Investors April 18 at UNCW

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Five regional entrepreneurs will compete for the attention of investors with "rocket pitches" at the bi-annual University of North Carolina Wilmington Rocket Pitch Event 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Burney Center.

Entrepreneurs will have eight minutes to demonstrate their product, explain their business model and provide a growth plan through fast-paced presentations with the goal of gaining financial support. Product demonstrations and a reception will follow the event. A sewer monitoring system and a new facelift alternative are among the business concepts that will be pitched. The event offers UNCW students a glimpse into the world of high-growth startups.

Hosted by the new UNCW Entrepreneurship Center LLC, the event is designed to help innovative local companies campaign for investment resources from backers across the region. Since the first event in 2009, UNC Wilmington rocket pitches have resulted in more than $5 million dollars of investments into the pitch companies and the creation of more than $100,000 in customer/client contracts.

Space is limited to 200 people, and seats fill up quickly. The community can register early online or by calling 910.962.2237. For more information, visit the Entrepreneurship Center at http://uncwec.org or http://facebook.com/uncwec.

The event is one of more than 40 planned throughout April in honor of the installation of Chancellor Gary L. Miller, who will be officially installed as the fourth chancellor of UNCW on April 20. Installation events showcase the diverse extent of teaching, research and service underway at UNCW, with involvement by numerous students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Media are invited to take advantage of multiple visual and interview opportunities during the event.

Media contact:
Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu


Profiled Companies:

Myo Med LLC - www.myoinc.com
Myo Med LLC is a Wilmington based company that specializes in Myotonology®, a patented microcurrent facial therapy regime. The unique treatment focuses on toning the facial muscles and increasing skin circulation to leave skin looking healthier, younger and more refreshed. Myo Med is poised for significant growth in the medical and skin care markets.

CloudWyze- www.cloudwyze.com/
Founded by UNCW alumni, CloudWyze is dedicated in leveraging cloud based technologies to provide its customers with better, easier to use and more affordable products and services to connect  businesses and homes to the world. CloudWyze provides Internet, phone, hosting and IT enterprise infrastructure services on a global scale.

The Teacher Registry - www.theteacherregistry.com/
Founded by UNCW alumni, TheTeacherRegistry.com allows teachers to create a registry of needed school supplies by choosing from over 25,000 name brand products similar to a wedding or baby registry. Parents or friends can search for their teacher by name and view what their teacher needs for their classroom.

PipeView Technologies - pipeviewtech.com/
Founded by the owners of Coastal Cupcakes, PipeView Technologies combines expert robotic camera technology with efficient and cost effective pipe inspection services. The service provides a "Google Earth" view of a system and allows municipalities, utility contractors and engineers to locate vulnerabilities in their wastewater systems, preventing major failures and potential financial loss.

A Bunch of Us Productions, LLC
Award-winning filmmaker and UNCW film studies faculty member Terry Linehan plans to produce a feature film during the summer of 2012. The whimsical comedy follows a heartbroken young man searching for his direction in life by giving rides to hitchhikers.