Business Briefs

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Launch Chapel Hill announces new start-ups

CHAPEL HILL -- Seven new startups will participate in the spring session of Launch Chapel Hill, a five-month accelerator program designed to help launch new entrepreneurial companies.

The program is a collaboration between the Town of Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Orange County and a private donor. Four of the new teams have connections to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The new teams announced Thursday include NanoOncology, Inc., a biotechnology startup that’s working to develop more effective cancer treatments, and RethinkH20, which wants to help large-scale water users reduce costs, increase sustainability and enhance water independence. Get Spiffy is a car-washing and detailing program that provides a more convenient service for customers, and Let’s Chip In is a crowd-funding platform for gifts surrounding life events.

Those teams and three others joined seven resident companies at the Launch office on Rosemary Street. Three teams also are graduating from the Launch program and moving into newly acquired co-working space at University Square. Having met their benchmarks, they will receive an additional six to 12 months of in-kind support.  

“It’s important that we keep building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Chapel Hill by making sure that startups can afford to grow their business in our community,” said Judith Cone, UNC’s special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship. “When they finish with the Launch program, or come out of the other campus and community-support services available to startups, we want them to find an affordable place with access to a network of support where they can continue to thrive.”

N.C. IT market flat in December month-over-month

RALEIGH – Demand for information technology jobs in North Carolina was down in December compared with the same month a year prior, but held steady with November.

There was a daily average of 3,230 job openings in the state in the month, according to N.C. Technology Association’s “IT Job Trends” report, which is prepared for the association by SkillProof. The total was down about 4 percent compared to December of 2012.