Innovation Guide

Welcome to the Startup TechWire Innovation Guide, a list of individuals, businesses, and organizations contributing to America's innovation community.

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Applied Technologies, Inc.
www.ati-engineers.com
Cary, N.C.
ATI is a Product Design and Engineering firm founded in 1992 providing product development, materials selection and process development services to a wide range of end markets including medical, transportation and electronics in both the industrial and commercial sectors. Our multi-disciplined engineers and proven resources support our clients at each stage of product development from concept creation and refinement, to detailed design, prototyping, and evaluation, to support of tooling and manufacturing activities.
Contact: Daniel C. Fuccella, PE
dan@ati-engineers.com
919-380-1420

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BB&T Corporation
www.BBT.com
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Our Mission is to make the world a better place to live by: Helping our Clients achieve economic success and financial security; Creating a place where our Employees can learn, grow and be fulfilled in their work; Making the Communities in which we work better places to be; Thereby: Optimizing the long-term return to our Shareholders, while providing a safe and sound investment. Our ultimate purpose is to create superior long-term economic rewards for our shareholders.
Contact: A.-C. McGraw
acmcgraw@bbandt.com
336-733-1470

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Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP
www.brookspierce.com
Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.
Founded in 1897, Brooks Pierce is a business law firm providing strategic counsel and innovative solutions to clients coast-to-coast and around the world. The firm is comprised of 85 attorneys in offices in Greensboro and Raleigh, NC, and represents clients in complex litigation, dispute resolution, corporate and securities, construction, technology and intellectual property, environmental, labor and employment, government investigations, banking, telecommunications and media, state and federal governmental relations, tax, and wealth management issues.
Contact: Kathryn Whitaker
kwhitaker@brookspierce.com
336-271-2588

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CAI
www.capital.org
Raleigh, N.C.
CAI helps employers maximize employee engagement and minimize their liability through human resources and management advice, training, news, survey data, public policy advocacy and consulting services. CAI membership provides you with unlimited telephone access to our local advice and counsel team to get answers to your real-life workplace problems, as well as important employer resources and local pay and benefits salary data. We also provide management development, HR and professional development training, HR Consulting, Employee Opinion Surveys, Background Checks and Affirmative Action services.
Contact: Martin Morgan
martin.morgan@capital.org
919-878-9222

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Calibrate, Inc.
www.pipetpeople.com
Carrboro, N.C.
Calibrate, Inc. founded the on-site pipette calibration industry in 1983. Today we’re the nation’s oldest and largest independent pipette service provider. Dedicated to providing customized equipment maintenance solutions for our customers, we are the industry leader in delivering ISO 17025 accredited on-site services.
Contact:
info@pipetpeople.com
919-240-4089

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Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc.
www.cadinc.com
Cary, N.C.
Carolina Advanced Digital, Inc. (CAD) is a woman-owned, veteran-owned and privately-held small business specializing in IT infrastructure, security and management solutions. For more than 25 years, CAD has been the leading engineering service and product provider for federal, state and local government agencies as well as healthcare, education and corporate markets. Most of CAD’s professional services and products are available via open market, federal GSA and various state contracts.
Contact: Susan Jabbusch
susan@cadinc.com
919-460-1313

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Celito Communications
www.celito.net
Raleigh, N.C.
We are a local Raleigh, N.C. Internet service provider, established in 1999. At celito, our core values influence what we do each day, from the work we produce, to the way we treat our clients, to the atmosphere we maintain in our office. Not only are we committed to the success and growth of our clients, but we are also dedicated to the improvement of our own service offerings by expanding our fiber network daily. Giving back is very important at celito. We love nonprofits, so we’re helping them stretch their IT budget further by offering special nonprofit pricing. We strive to make Raleigh a better place to live and work by supporting local charities and encouraging personal community involvement.
Contact:
sales@celito.net
919-852-1238

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CertiTrek
www.certitrek.com
Durham, N.C.
Since 2007, CertiTrek has been raising the bar and setting a new standard for certifications and designations that are widely accepted by employers in the industries they serve. CertiTrek focuses on acquiring, incubating and ultimately transforming established certification companies across an array of industry sectors. The company is headquartered in Durham, N.C., just a few miles from North Carolina’s flagship technology hub, Research Triangle Park. The company is staffed by an experienced team of marketing experts as well as business strategy professionals with dedicated and proven experience in operating certification companies.
Contact: Heather Hobbs
hhobbs@certitrek.com
239-280-2345

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Code Refinery, LLC
www.code-refinery.com
Apex, N.C.
Our mission is to develop safe, reliable and FDA-compliant custom medical device software. Clients can go to market with full confidence in their product software.
Contact: Samir Dandekar
sdandekar@code-refinery.com
919-367-0003, x223

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CommScope, Inc.
www.commscope.com
Hickory, N.C.
CommScope has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes everything our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.
Contact: Joseph P. Depa III
publicrelations@commscope.com
(800) 982-1708

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Confidex
www.confidex.com
Greenville, S.C.
Confidex is the world’s leading supplier of high-performing contactless smart tickets, industrial RFID tags and specialty labels – the key enablers for short-range wireless IoT solutions that make supply chains, transactions and authentication of goods or people more efficient and secure. With our global network of over 60 resellers and distributors we serve customers representing a broad range of industries in Europe, Americas, Middle-East and Asia.
Contact: Joe Hoerl
joe.hoerl@confidex.fi

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Council for Entrepreneurial Development
www.cednc.org
Durham, N.C.
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses.
Contact: 919-549-7500

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Happy Fix®
www.happyfix.com
Apex, N.C.
Happy Fix® is North Carolina’s happiest startup, giving people the tools to live a happier life. Our knowledge and nudges inspire people to improve their lives and those around them because happy feels good. Get your Happy Fix today at www.happyfix.com.
Contact: Stacy Menzies
getmyhappyfix@gmail.com
919-636-2707

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INI Power Systems
www.inipowersystems.com
Morrisville, N.C.
Award-winning INI Power Systems is a small US business in the Research Triangle of North Carolina with 13 years of expertise in developing innovative portable flex fuel generator technology for portable power needs that overcome the burdens associated with the tyranny of distance. Our strategic emphasis is on off-grid and emergency power markets, including flex fuel plug-in hybrid products for defense applications and government agencies.
Contact: Larry Markoski
LMarkoski@inipower.com
919-677-7112, ext. 103

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Innovative Public Relations
www.innovativeprnc.com
Wilmington, N.C.
Innovative Public Relations, Inc. is a North Carolina-based consultancy providing PR coaching, consulting, and training to give you an unfair advantage. Our specialty is getting established and early stage business and organizations in front of target audiences via proven effective publicity and branding tools and methodologies.
Contact: Dave Menzies
innovativeprnc@gmail.com
910-899-8935

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Integrated Biometrics
www.integratedbiometrics.com
Spartanburg, S.C.
Integrated Biometrics provides enrollment and verification fingerprint sensors to hardware integrators, software and database providers, and contractors serving government agencies and commercial markets worldwide. More ideal for mobile environments than traditional silicon or optical sensors, Integrated Biometrics FBI-certified fingerprint sensors utilize our durable, patented light emitting sensor (LES) film and work in direct sunlight on dry or moist fingers, resist abrasion, and are 90-95% smaller and lighter than optical scanners. Integrated Biometrics offers the only Appendix F FBI-certified sensor that meets mobility requirements demanded by end users, solving the major problems of size, speed, accuracy and durability.
Contact: David Gerulski
dg@integratedbiometrics.com
770-906-3283

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Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, PA
www.jenkinswilson.com
Durham, N.C.
Established in 1984, Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P.A. is a specialized law practice limited exclusively to providing intellectual property counseling and services to clients with respect to patent, trademark, and copyright law. We are located in the renowned Research Triangle area of North Carolina and offer patent representation to prominent corporations and research universities worldwide. The firm assists clients in recognizing, defining, and safeguarding intellectual property and acting to preserve that property for full commercial exploitation. Our clients represent a diversity of technologies, products, and services, including biotechnology products and processes, food processing equipment and products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, products and diagnostic equipment, electrical apparatus and circuitry, micro electrical-mechanical systems devices, semiconductors, fiber optics, robotics, mechanical and industrial apparatus and manufacturing equipment, automated mail processing apparatus, textile machinery and products, and computer software. The firm engages in an extensive domestic and foreign practice serving U.S. and foreign clients in intellectual property matters. The client base is diverse and includes large corporations and research universities as well as small businesses. A primary objective of the firm is to provide high-quality patent legal services in a cost-efficient and expeditious manner.
Contact Jeff Wilson
jwilson@jenkinswilson.com
919-493-8000

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Kyma Technologies, Inc.
www.kymatech.com
Raleigh, N.C.
Kyma’s mission is to provide advanced materials solutions to the lighting and electric power markets. Our product offering is expanding and includes crystalline nitride semiconductor materials, crystal growth and fabrication equipment, and high power photoconductive semiconductor switch (PCSS) devices, as well as related materials characterization and processes services.
Contact: Keith Evans
evans@kymatech.com
919-789-8880, ext. 2222

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MacCord Mason PLLC
www.maccordmason.com
Greensboro, NC
MacCord Mason is a law firm that assists business clients in developing and implementing competitive strategies that include the acquisition and enforcement of commercially valuable intellectual properties, and the avoidance of valid third-party intellectual property rights. In fulfilling this mission, the firm engages in the following activities: Client counseling regarding intellectual property matters grounded on an in-depth understanding of the client’s business. Acquisition and maintenance of intellectual property rights in the United States and foreign countries. Licensing and transfer of intellectual property rights, and structuring of ventures with third parties involving intellectual property. Litigation to enforce the client’s intellectual property rights, and to defend against infringement claims by third parties. The firm intentionally limits its practice to intellectual property matters, believing that the interests of the client are best served when the client is able to select other counsel for its other business-related legal needs. The firm also frequently works closely with the client’s other legal counsel when expertise in intellectual property law is required.
Contact: Art MacCord
amaccord@maccordmason.com
336-273-4422

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MTS Sensors
www.mtssensors.com
Cary, N.C.
MTS Sensors delivers leading-edge position and liquid-level sensors, and is the world’s leading supplier of magnetostrictive-based sensor products. The Sensors Division was created by MTS Systems when it acquired Temposonics, Inc. in 1984. Temposonics remains the key technology brand for MTS Sensors and reflects an ongoing commitment to high-precision position and liquid level measurement technology development. MTS Sensors remains a highly focused technology company that provides the kind of customer service and support you typically find in smaller organizations, but as part of a larger publicly held corporation, MTS Sensors also offers the kind of financial security that companies need from their key suppliers. Great technology, personalized service, and financial strength and stability – three solid reasons to choose MTS Sensors as your primary supplier of position and liquid-level sensors.
Contact: Lee Aiken
lee.aiken@mts.com
919-677-0100

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Myers Bigel
www.myersbigel.com
Raleigh, N.C.
Award-winning Myers Bigel & Sibley, P.A. is a nationally ranked intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with real-world industry experience. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, representing corporate and university clients around the world in acquiring, protecting, and exploiting patent assets, including patent preparation, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Dedicated to best practices in patent law, Myers Bigel is consistently recognized over the years by legal media and industry organizations as one of the top performing law firms in the country for securing the highest quality patent grants from the USPTO for its clients, offering a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
Contact: Ashley Woodruff
awoodruff@myersbigel.com
919-854-1400

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N.C. Office of Science & Technology
www.nccommerce.com/scitech
Raleigh, N.C.
The mission of the N.C. Office of Science & Technology is to improve the economic well‐being and quality of life of all North Carolinians through advancing science, technology, and innovation. To achieve this mission, the Office develops and administers policies and programs that accelerate both the development of next-generation technology companies and the adoption of technology across existing industry. Working with organizations across the state, it identifies and communicates emerging opportunities in science and technology and prepares and publishes analyses outlining the competitive position of North Carolina’s businesses and research institutions in these areas.
Contact: Scott Doron
scott.doron@nccommerce.com
919-733-6500

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NCHICA
www.nchica.org
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance, Inc. (NCHICA) is a nonprofit consortium of over 290 organizations representing the many sectors of the healthcare industry. NCHICA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system through the effective use of information technology, informatics and analytics. NCHICA leads demonstration projects, hosts educational events, fosters collaborative efforts, and supports initiatives that promote the use of standards-based IT in healthcare. NCHICA’s workgroups are at the forefront in addressing important industry topics such as compliance with the HIPAA and HITECH regulations and implementation of ICD-10 and 5010.
Contact: Laura Ksycewski
laura@nchica.org
919-558-9258

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NCTech4Good
www.nctech4good.org
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
NCTech4Good is the regional network for sharing knowledge about technologies that can advance the mission of nonprofit organizations. This sharing occurs during monthly meetings and the annual conference.
Contact: Judy Hallman
hallman@rtpnet.org
919-933-3931

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North Carolina Technology Association
www.nctechnology.org
Raleigh, N.C.
The North Carolina Technology Association’s mission is Making North Carolina Number One in Technology and Technology Number One in North Carolina. The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs and knowledge workforce.
Contact: Michelle Calton
mcalton@nctechnology.org
919-856-0393

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PSA TechSure
www.psatechsure.com
Raleigh, N.C.
PSA TechSure is a boutique property & liability insurance brokerage focusing on the unique needs of the technology community in North Carolina. We partner with our software, life science, medical device, gaming and web-based clients to provide them with the information and options to allow them to plan for those situations that may present challenges to their operations. Our clients can focus on growing their businesses and relationships. Whether the challenge is local, domestic or international we have the ability to offer them the peace of mind to move forward. With over 20 years experience in Products Liability, Professional Liability, D&O, International Coverages or Property, PSA TechSure provides prompt local response with international capabilities and competitive pricing for all of! the technology based companies needs.
Contact: Lee Hargrove
lee.hargrove@psatechsure.com
919-235-4530

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Technology Commercialization Carolina
www.tcc.unc.edu
Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC) is one of the initiatives at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise (an Institute under the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School) supporting innovative programs such as:

- The Patent Landscaping, Market and Funding Opportunity Research Service helping innovators assess technology, the marketplace and investment funding for their idea or invention. The service offers custom analytical reports that provide a strategic view of the patent and competitive landscape and opportunities for grants and funding to complete research and launch new products, services, and businesses. This service is free to all UNC faculty, staff, and students. We also offer the service free of charge to North Carolina innovators who meet certain criteria, such as being based out of Tier 1 and Tier 2 county.

- Startup Consulting Program assisting university faculty with the development of a commercialization strategy for moving novel technologies toward the market. The Startup Consulting staff assigns a team of MBA students (although other graduate students interested in tech commercialization are welcome to apply) to serve as consultants to both early-stage startups and faculty members interested in evaluating a startup as a vehicle for commercializing their technology. The Startup Consulting team then provides in-depth research and analysis that leads to recommendations on a strategy for commercialization.

Outside of TCC, the Kenan Institute also supports small businesses and economic development initiatives in Eastern North Carolina and the Sandhills region through our NCGrowth Program. NCGrowth identifies and leverages resources that promote sustainable economic growth and revitalizes economically distressed communities in North Carolina. Specifically, it pairs talented graduate and undergraduate students from universities across North Carolina to assist local governments, nonprofits, and small businesses on outcome-based economic development and entrepreneurship projects. You can learn more about this program at www.ncgrowth.unc.edu.
Contact: Cindy Reifsnider
tcc@unc.edu
919-962-8201

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Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc.
www.nutechtransfer.org
Morrisville, N.C.
Technology Partnership of Nagoya University, Inc. (NU Tech) seeks collaborative partnerships and potential licensees to further develop and commercialize technologies from Nagoya University (NU) and its alliance universities in Central Japan. To achieve this goal, NU Tech hosts technology show cases, workshops, and conferences mainly in the Research Triangle Park (RTP). NU Tech also collects information on potential opportunities by attending technology conventions on behalf of NU and its alliance universities. For a list and summary of technologies currently available for licensing, please refer to available technologies. NU Tech also uses NU’s extensive networks to help NC and other US universities explore licensing opportunities in Central Japan, which is the heart of Japan’s manufacturing industry with many worldwide companies are headquartered. If you have technologies and are looking for a licensee in Japan, please contact us.
Contact: Tomohisha Koyama
tkoyama@tpnu.org
919-535-8724

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The FWA Group Architects
www.fwagroup.com
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The FWA Group has extensive experience in the design of research facilities. FWA’s experience includes long range planning, programming, budgeting, space planning, plus the typical design, construction documents, bidding and construction administration. Creating architecture through collaboration to deliver responsive and innovative solutions that sustain our natural environment.
Contact: Henry D. Dagit, AIA, LEED AP
h.dagit@fwagroup.com
919-806-4399

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Treadwell Corporation
www.treadwellness.com
Wilmington, N.C.
Treadwell Corporation markets the Treadwell System based on its patented methodology for increasing the velocity of blood in the circulatory system without increasing vital signs with the energy input coming entirely from the methodology user.
Contact: Gerald B. Collins
g.collins@treadwellness.com
910-338-2616

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The Seven Soft Corporation
www.thesevensoft.com
Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Founded in 2007, the seven soft is headed-quartered in the heart of Research Triangle Park, one of the fastest growing technology parks in the United State. We also have a talented and diversified team located in the largest Software park of China, a country which has the largest IT talent and a country which is becoming the biggest IT industry leader. The Seven Soft specializes in offshore Agile software development. Our offshore model is unique. Our onshore team manage 100% of the communication with the offshore team, including requirement and technical design discussions. We do this in the US, in YOUR time zone, during YOUR business day. You never need to communicate directly with the offshore developers. In addition to our offshore capabilities, we are very experienced in working jointly with US developers in a web-based development environment. As an IT service provider, The Seven Soft’s core strategy is not be become generalist in all IT service areas. Instead, we want to become real experts in areas where we can outshine our competitors. As a minority and women owned business, The Seven Soft Corporation also has a unique focus on minority or women owned businesses in order to help the business community grow. We provide free IT phone consultation service as well as various low-cost packaged IT-solutions to help the business owners get started. Focus on your value, and leave your IT to us!
Contact: Julia Cai
juliacai@thesevensoft.com
919-601-9922

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Ultimus
www.ultimus.com
Cary, N.C.
Ultimus was created to deliver process automation solutions that solve critical business problems and foster continuous improvement of key processes. Our product enables companies to increase productivity, reduce risk and ensure future success through improved communications and ongoing collaboration across an organization.
Contact: Taylor Leighton
tleighton@Ultimus.com
919-234-4108

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Vaco Raleigh, LLC
www.vaco.com/raleigh
Raleigh, N.C.
Vaco Raleigh specializes in contract, special project and direct hire services in the fields of information technology, eLearning and design ,accounting and finance, , operations and executive search. Our mission is to offer an ethical, professional and effective professional services firm in the Triangle region of North Carolina. We work to help our clients find their most valuable assets, their people. We aim to help each candidate we meet find meaningful and rewarding employment throughout the rest of their career, and each consultant to find personally satisfying projects.
Contact: Sid Mitchener
smitchener@vaco.com
919-719-6500
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