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American Underground @ Main St (201 West Main Street, Durham, NC)

Ever wondered what it takes to be a healthcare entrepreneur? Want to impact healthcare IT, wearables, med devices, CROs or life sciences?

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Jul 12
  • Registration Starts - Feel free to arrive early for networking!
  • Dinner + Networking
  • Welcome + Speakers
  • Pitches Start!
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • Venue closes


Jul 13
  • Venue opens - Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • First set of coaches arrive
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch!
  • More coaches arrive to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Team Standups - call for needs, skills & feedback
  • Photobooth (we're confirming times!)
  • More coaches arrive to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner (Food Truck - Baguettaboutit)!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dance Off @ the
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow, but sleep is a good thing!


Jul 14
  • Venue opens - Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Pitch Coach available to help teams practice presentations
  • Call for last minute help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch!
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Afterparty at Motorco!

Chris Heivly

Managing Director, Triangle StartUp Factory

Chris Heivly is a Managing Director at Triangle StartUp Factory, publisher of and the Big Top job fair. Chris has held CEO, COO and marketing/business development roles in a variety of technology-focused companies including Ultimus,, Accenture, Agular Systems and MapQuest.

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F. Scott Moody

Founder, First Talent Ventures   |  LinkedIn

F. Scott Moody is the founder of First Talent Ventures, which focuses on advising, mentoring and investing in early stage startups in the Southeast as well as Rwanda. Prior to founding First Talent, Scott was the co-founder and former Chairman/CEO of AuthenTec, a leading provider of security and identity management solutions. AuthenTec was acquired in 2012 by Apple, making it the only public company ever acquired by Apple. As the CEO of AuthenTec, Scott raised over $70 million in venture capital (including such investors as Sierra Ventures, The Carlyle Group, TI, Stonehenge Growth Capital and China Development Bank) and led the company’s successful IPO (NASDAQ). Focusing on the PC and cell phone industries, Scott helped grow the Company from the original two co-founders to over 300 employees with development centers in Melbourne, Fl., Shanghai, China and Vught, The Netherlands. Prior to founding AuthenTec, Scott was the Vice President of a $200 million division of Harris' Semiconductor Sector (now Intersil) where he started as a new graduate engineer in 1980.

Over the years Scott has been featured on TV and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Fortune and others. He is a frequent speaker at investor, corporate and university events on both innovation and entrepreneurship.

Scott received a BSIE from North Carolina State University and an executive MBA from the University of Florida.

John Austin

Director, Groundwork Labs   |  

Technology business leader with over 25 years experience coaching, building great teams, increasing revenue, and delivering software products in an entrepreneurial environment.

Mark Easley

Advisor, Technology Startups   |  LinkedIn

Mark Easley has been advising startups in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina since 2000 after a 25 year technology career in engineering, marketing, and sales in Silicon Valley. Mark has experience in the semiconductor business and related software and development tool products. In addition to his startup advisor activities, he has been on the executive board of a Raleigh/Durham area angel investor group and is a member of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Mark has also been a leader in bringing investment crowdfunding to North Carolina as part of the NC JOBS Act of 2013 team.

Jason Massey

CEO and Co-Founder, Sustainable Industrial Solutions (   |  LinkedIn

Jason has worked with hi-tech startups over the last 10 years as a venture capitalist, founder, angel and advisor. He helped lead over 40 investments with $200 million in funds across a variety of sectors including energy, manufacturing, and telecommunications in Silicon Valley.

Today, Jason continues to advise startups including Mission Motors, the developer of electric powertrain systems and the fastest electric motorcycle. He guest lectures on hi-tech entrepreneurship at NCSU and Duke as well as regularly judging business plan competitions such as Stanford’s Social eChallenge.

Jason studied Physics and Finance at NC State and later studied Mandarin at Stanford and Peking University. His work in China ultimately led him to help launch Al Gore’s The Climate Project in Beijing. Recently Jason has participated in Richard Branson's Carbon War Room in London and Berlin developing market driven solutions for a low carbon economy.

His passion for sustainability goes back to his days as an Eagle Scout but has evolved from a passion to a mission with the birth of his children and his desire to leave behind a better world for future generations. SIS is the culmination of his entrepreneurial drive to “do good and do well.”

Eric Teague

Advisor, Technology Startups   |  LinkedIn

Eric has created several companies focusing on technology, professional services and real estate. A licensed CPA, Eric began his career as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). His entrepreneurial spirit and natural leadership capabilities, led him to serve as a director in global capital markets and transaction services, where he gained experience advising major U.S corporations and private equity firms on transaction structures, cross-border M&A deals and complex accounting matters.
Eric co-founded and served as the managing partner for TeagueRossCapital (TRC), a private equity firm specializing in turnarounds and distressed asset investments. During his career at TRC, Eric redeveloped the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in South Carolina, which sold for more than $80 million. Following the success of this project, Eric conducted strategic investments in biotechnology, biometric feedback, home security, commercial real estate, human resources services, advertising and golf course development.

In 2004, Eric created Wavelength Corporation, a firm specializing in designing, manufacturing and servicing broadband and wireless Internet, and providing cable video solutions for the multifamily housing market. While still leading and growing Wavelength Corporation in 2006, Eric cofounded Litchfield Residential, where he acquired, developed and sold more than $30 million of residential real estate on the South Carolina coast. After the sale of Wavelength Corporation to Pavlov Media in 2010, Eric served as Pavlov’s chief business development officer and executive vice president. Reporting directly to the CEO, Eric managed sales and customer service activities until he left the company in 2011 co-creating i2 shortly after this departure.

With his work, Eric has spent tours in New York City, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Germany, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Glasgow, Scotland, and managed more than 30 initial public offerings and several mergers. Eric currently holds various patents pending for new forms of mobile banking technology. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and plans to complete the program in 2013. He resides in Raleigh with his wife and high school sweetheart, Cindy, and their three children.


Anil Chawla

Founder & CEO, Archive Social   |  LinkedIn

Anil Chawla is the founder and CEO of ArchiveSocial, a social media archiving company that enables businesses to automate record keeping of activity on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Prior to founding ArchiveSocial, Anil was a lead engineer at IBM responsible for developing enterprise security software and Big Data analysis solutions. He has more than 10 years of experience creating software products, and has spent last the 4 years developing social media technology. He is the creator of Tweetymail , the leading email-to-Twitter solution with more than 30,000 users worldwide. Anil founded ArchiveSocial on the premise that businesses face important legal and regulatory challenges that extend far beyond traditional social media management. He and his work have been featured in prominent publications including TechCrunch, LifeHacker, VentureBeat, The Next Web, Fast Company, InformationWeek, and Anil received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

Todd Mosier

CTO, Zone Five Software   |  LinkedIn

Todd Mosier is CTO at Zone Five Software, a fitness analytics company based in Durham, NC. He has spent his time and energy in computer technology, consistently building expertise in the infrastructure that makes companies and technical systems scale.

Todd was the founder of two teams through TSW, including the Hash House Harriers mobile app at TSW2011, and Wanderful mobile app at TSW2012, which went on to become a member of Groundwork Labs in the American Underground.

He has a passion for leveraging technologies to make teams efficient and lean, utilizing both proven tools and innovative solutions to achieve a practical, measurable result. His spare hours are spent traveling and playing music.

David Baxter

Chief Pixel, Big Pixel   |  LinkedIn

David has been "devigning" (design + development) websites and mobile applications for the last 13 years and loving every minute of it. His unique mix of frontend design and backend developing experience allows him to create cohesive applications for his clients. His company, Big Pixel, focuses on helping startup companies and small businesses with their design and development needs.

Website: Big Pixel

James Avery

CEO, Adzerk   |  

James is the founder and CEO of Adzerk. James comes from a software engineering background and developed the original version of Adzerk while running a pair of ad networks at Zerk Media. Previously James co-founded TekPub, a site focused on educating developers, and as a consultant worked with Microsoft, Fidelity, Northwestern Healthcare, and Cintas. James has published books with O’Reilly and Microsoft Press as well as writing for Dr. Dobbs and MSDN Magazines. James is actively involved as an advisor with Max Foundry, DotNetKicks, and Epic Win Hosting.

John Austin

Director, Groundwork Labs   |  

Technology business leader with over 25 years experience coaching, building great teams, increasing revenue, and delivering software products in an entrepreneurial environment.

Pamela S. Chestek

Principal, Chestek Legal   |  LinkedIn

Pam is an intellectual property attorney experienced in trademark and copyright law, as well as in advertising, marketing, licensing and commercial contracting. With many years of both law firm and in-house experience, Pam takes a pragmatic approach to business. She understands that a successful enterprise is constantly challenged with managing time constraints, budget, and legal risk while nurturing and growing business opportunity.

Ms. Chestek’s work in the open source community has taught her the value of openness, participation, and collaboration. She brings this practice to her work with her clients, whether they are in technology, design, communication, branding, the arts, or other creative businesses.

Joe Davy


Joe Davy is the 24 year-old CEO of BUYSTAND. He is also a member of the Microsoft’s Customer Advisory Board, and the Foundation Board of Directors at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Norm Santos

Founder,   |  LinkedIn

Norm is a four time Startup Weekend alumni, founder at and is currently Director of User Experience at helping revolutionize how field service work is preformed. With a diverse background from backend and frontend development, computer network management and UX he understands what it takes to go from sketch to a finished and usable product. On a daily basis he strives to make things just a bit more usable.

While not founding companies or trying to understanding users at a deeper level his spare time is spent either playing beach volleyball or the never ending quest of the perfect curry recipe.

Justin Miller

CEO and Co-Founder, deja mi Inc.   |  

Justin is the CEO and Co-Founder (and Mexican food junkie) of deja mi Inc. the parent company of WedPics. WedPics, the content generation/sharing platform for weddings, has brought a significant social disruption into a dated $100B+ US industry! After launching in late 2012, the WedPics team has built their foundation on the consumption of analytics and metrics, resulting in the acquisition of ~5% of the US Wedding Market and over a quarter million wedding guests sharing one photo every two seconds!

Prior to launching WedPics, Justin and his team's pilot app was 'deja mi' a location-based photo/video sharing app. Deja mi experienced some early success through Apple, and they secured revenue generating partnerships with Corporate giants like IBM and Lenovo.

Justin has a bachelors in Graphic design from the College of Design at NC State University, and was an art director at IBM for 7 years prior to leaving to pursue the life of a start-up.

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