Business briefs

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

Triangle Startup Weekend to return

DURHAM – The entrepreneurship-focused Triangle Startup Weekend is returning to Durham this weekend.

Entrepreneurs will have 54 hours to pitch ideas for new businesses, to work in teams to build prototypes based on their ideas, and to present them.

 According to the website, about half of Startup Weekend attendees are developers, coders or designers, and about half are business gurus with knowledge of marketing, finance or law.

Teams will hear talks by industry leaders and receive feedback from local entrepreneurs.

The event will be held in downtown Durham at the office space dedicated to entrepreneurs called Underground@Main Street, at 201 W. Main St.

The cost to participate is $99 for developers, designers and non-technical participants, and is free to observers who want to come on Sunday only to watch the final presentations and demonstrations.

For more information, go to the website

UNC Hospitals looks increase radiology equipment

RALEIGH -- UNC Hospitals has filed an application with a state division to acquire vascular interventional radiology equipment.

The hospital has seven units of vascular interventional radiology equipment, according to a news release from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation’s Certificate of Need Section.

In North Carolina, health care providers are prohibited by state law from acquiring, replacing or adding to their facilities except in certain circumstances without prior approval from a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services division.

 In addition to acquiring the eighth unit, UNC Hospitals also proposes to relocate existing ancillary services. The project is expected to cost $6 million and to be complete by October of next year.

A public hearing on the project is slated Aug. 13 in Raleigh. Members of the public can file written comments about the proposal. Comments must be received by the Certificate of Need Section no later than July 31.

Green roof installed downtown

DURHAM – A green roof has been installed on a downtown building that serves as the headquarters for Xero Flor America, the Durham-based U.S. distributor of plant roof mats called the Xero Flor Green Roof System.

According to a news release, the company was founded in 2002 and moved its national headquarters to Durham in 2006. The company moved into renovated offices downtown at 211 Rigsbee Ave last summer.

The 2,343-square-foot Xero Floor green roof was installed on the roof of the company’s building.

With locations in Portland, Ore.; Lansing, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; and Princeton, N.J., Xero Flor America has employees around the country. It has five employees at its Durham headquarters. The green roof was installed in February.

UNC campuses to install Cree LED lights

DURHAM – Durham-based LED lighting maker Cree Inc. announced recently 13 University of North Carolina schools are installing some of the company’s lighting products as part of a system energy efficiency plan.

The UNC system’s general administration is looking to reduce its energy spending by at least $25 million across seven years, according to the release.

Campuses including N.C. Central and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics are installing Cree products.