2023 Investor Forum

Join us March 23, 2023 to hear our early and growth stage companies pitch to investors from across the Southeast.

A Look At The Event

11:00 amRegistration & Lunch
12:00 pmWelcome + Opening Remarks
12:15 pmKeynote Address
1:00 pmPitches & Spotlights
4:00  pmPanel Discussion
4:45  pmWinners Announced
5:00  pmReception

Master of Ceremonies

Allan Younger
Senior Director of Programs, NC IDEA

Featured Companies

Click on each company logo for investor information.

Key Note Address

Dr. Shante Williams

Dr. Shante' Williams

Global Chief Executive Officer, Black Pearl Investments

Dr. Shante Williams is a distinguished venture capitalist, business owner, inventor, intellectual property strategist and private investor. Currently, she serves as CEO of Black Pearl Global Investments, a Black-owned asset management firm focused on reducing health disparities across the globe.

Her proven track record of excellence and leadership has been integral to the growth for many individuals and businesses. Before life as a full-time entrepreneur, Dr. Shante worked in the medical field and is widely recognized for her discovery of innovative chemotherapy treatments for high-grade invasive brain tumors. As soon as she discovered how to apply her innovative prowess to other facets of her industry, she earned numerous leadership positions. In the health care field, Dr. Shante has served in leadership roles such as vice president of technology acquisition and director of mergers and acquisitions. She enjoyed a stint in the auto industry as director of intellectual property for electric drive vehicles.

Panel Discussion

John Crumpler
General Partner, Hatteras Venture Funds
David Gardner
Founding Partner, Co-Founders Capital
Jill Kaplan
Investor & Mentor, Xelle Ventures
Malay Shah
Director, Venture South Piedmont


Peter Marsh
Founding Partner​, Flywheel

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