November 16  marked the conclusion of the Bull City Startup Stampede 2.0. Thirteen companies took the stage for their final, three minute pitch in front of a packed house at Rigsbee Hall. Each company shared their concept or product and how they grew during the 60 days in Durham. One company, OrganicTransit, announced it will be staying in downtown Durham through a creative partnership with Empire Alliance Properties. OrganicTransit CEO Rob Cotter said he would become the interim tenant in the Bargain Furniture building as that building is redeveloped.

The partnership with Empire Alliance is but one example of the incredible amount of support from the business community for the Stampede. All told, $55,000 was contributed to the Stampede 2.0 in in-kind support from various private sector partners. When combined with the first Stampede, over $100,000 in in-kind support has been raised. The resources were leveraged to bring 28 companies to downtown Durham as part of the first and second Stampede. In the end, 17 of the 28 companies now call downtown Durham home and will hopefully continue to grow and find success in the Bull City. Further, the Stampede has garnered regional and national media attention (including The Atlantic) to the tune of 30 press hits in the past 6 months. It has given our community a platform to showcase what a great city we have!

There has been lots of conversation about “What’s Next?” for the Stampede and we announced last night a new initiative for startups called “The Smaffice—A Stampede Production.” The Smaffice will be unveiled in the coming months so stay tuned via twitter @Smaffice and on the web at The Smaffice is one of several new initiatives the Chamber and DDI will be unveiling in the coming year to propel Durham as a startup hub. Stay tuned to the blog for details.


A special thank you is in order for our Stampede underwriters without whom the Stampede simply wouldn’t have happened: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Alliance Architecture, A Small Orange, Center Studio Architecture, Square1 Bank, Hutchison Law, Rankin McKenzie, eyeNET Security, Relevance Software, Thomas, Knight, Trent, King and Company (TKTK), BizCom, Triangle Tech Talk, Preation, Shoeboxed, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Self-Help Credit Union, Morris Manning Martin, Smashing Boxes, City of Durham, Downtown Durham, Inc, and the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

About the companies:

Blackberri Entertainment is designed to help emerging artists in a variety of artistic mediums establish themselves to broader populations. @ms_blackberri

CityFabric is a civic-minded design and apparel company set out to inspire people to talk about their place. ( @CityFabric

CleanHatch serves as the premier matchmaker for clean tech and renewable energy projects, leveraging a web-based clearinghouse platform to make it easy for projects to find the capital, developers, and incentives they need to launch quickly and efficiently. ( @CleanHatch

DiscoverLit provides on-the-go readers with an engaging, innovative experience in literature. ( @DiscoverLit

GreenSky Wind Systems delivers innovative, efficient and silent wind turbine solutions for commercial facilities dedicated to our planet. (

iBuzzn is a software platform designed to disrupt the restaurant industry by introducing a customer focused mobile application that will enhance the overall dining experience. ( @ibuzzn

MotiveLogic Constant Coaching™ is the culture created by the use of High Octane Business Performance Dashboards™ from MotiveLogic to achieve maximum efficiency and productivity from automobile dealer service departments. ( @motivelogic

Organic Transit designs pedal/solar Hybrid Vehicles that produce zero carbon, fill the space between bicycles and cars and are intended for commuting and local deliveries. ( @OrganicTransit

Pluribus makes it safer and easier to shop online with your debit or credit card. ( @pluribussystems

RxAnalytics is developing a web and mobile tool that will identify critical drivers of performance in individual athletes as well as weaknesses and biases, allowing the athlete to train smarter and maximize performance.

Sqord is a social gaming website where kid users can earn points and rewards through real-world play. ( @sqord_inc is a way to find, share, and keep up with what’s going on in your local interests. ( @VybeeBuzz

Zeek has digitized the coupon book, providing non-profits, schools, churches, and groups everywhere with a 21st century fundraising solution, all accessible from a smart phone. ( @getzeek