2024 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.

2024 Winners

Founder Leah Wyrik and Three Strands Recovery Wear took first place honors and $4,000 in the pre-revenue stage competition.  Three Strands is dedicated to uplifting surgery patients’ recovery one garment at a time.

The revenue stage competition was won by Beam Dynamics and founders David Kaszycki and Ryan DeMars who also took home $4,000 in prize money.  Beam helps media and entertainment companies increase the ROI of their production technology.

Featured Companies

Pre-Revenue Stage

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Shane Parreco
Founder & CEO
Eva Mueller
Head of Product & Innovation
Robert Boyce
Jonathan Williams
Founder & CEO
Daniel Yohannes
Harvest Smith
Leah Wyrick
Founder & CEO

Revenue Stage

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David Kaszycki
Co-Founder & CEO
Josh Cooper
Co-Founder & President
Rebeca Segebre
Founder and President
Kiernan Heine
Co-Founder & CEO
Jeffrey Dietrich
Founder & CEO
Jon Bagg
Founder & CEO
Amy Dunlap
Founder & CEO
Thomas Conrad
Q. Nicole Vanderhorst
Founder & Owner
Josh McGee
Co-Owner & Sauce Boss

Master of Ceremony

Allan Younger
Senior Director of Programs, NCIDEA

Keynote Speakers

Sam Chason, Founder & CEO
& Matt Gronberg, Co-Founder & COO Storage Scholars

From their college dorm rooms at Wake Forest University to a Winston Starts startup to Shark Tank winners, learn how Sam, Matt and the Storage Scholars team are successfully scaling a company that is transforming the student moving experience at more than 70 colleges and universities in 32 states.

Storage Scholars Shark Tank


Eva Doss
President & CEO, the Launch Place
David Jones
David Jones
General Partner, Bull City Venture Partners
Jill Kaplan
Jill Kaplan
Investor & Mentor, Xelle Ventures
Zakiya Alta Lee
Senior Associate, IDEA Fund Partners
Andy Lutz
Principal, FCA Venture Partners
Tim McLaughlin
Timothy McLoughlin
Managing Partner, Cofounders Capital
Malay Shah
Director, Venture South, Piedmont
Lou Anne Flanders Steck
Lou Anne Flanders Stec
Fund Executive, First Launch Capital Fund


dualboot Partners