2023 Investor Forum

The Winston Starts Investor Forum is an annual event designed to provide Winston Starts founders an opportunity to pitch to investors from across North Carolina and the Southeast.

2023 Winners

2023 Investor Forum Winners

Featured Companies

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David Kaszycki
Co-Founder & CEO
Jeff Livesay
CEO, President & Founder
Jose Quiros
Co-Founder & CEO
Hal Eason
CEO
Dave Miller, MD, MS
Founder & CEO
Ashleigh Craven
CMO
Daniel Yohannes
CEO
Jon Bagg
Founder & CEO
Amy Dunlap
Founder & CEO
Leah Wyrick
Founder & CEO
Jake Tyndall
Founder

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 Cambier
John Cambier
Co-Founder and CFO, Idea Fund
David Gardner
Founding Partner, Co-Founders Capital
Jill Kaplan
Investor & Mentor, Xelle Ventures
Malay Shah
Director, Venture South Piedmont

Moderator

Peter Marsh
Founding Partner‚Äč, Flywheel

Judges

Lou Anne Flanders Steck
Lou Anne Flanders Steck
Fund Executive, First Launch Capital Fund
Greg Bordes
Greg Bordes
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Front Porch Venture Partners
Michael Lee
Michael Lee
Senior Associate, Bull City Venture Partners
Dan Roselli
Dan Roselli
Co-Founder & Managing Director, RevTech Labs
Ben Redding
Ben Redding
Chief Financial Officer, NC IDEA

Presenting Sponsor

Event Sponsors

dualboot Partners