Bull City Startup Stampede Launches in Durham to Attract and Scale Startups

Durham, N.C. – The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce April 1 launched the Bull City Startup Stampede, an initiative to attract and scale more startup companies in downtown Durham.

The Stampede offers 60 days of completely furnished, free space at 201 West Main St. in downtown, fast becoming a mecca for new commercial and social ventures and entrepreneurs. articipating companies will have access to technical assistance from startup experts as well as opportunities to network with founders of successful Durham startups.

The Chamber received 78 applications for space during the three-week application process and selected 11 companies from throughout the Research Triangle Region and the United States. The Web site for the initiative,, received more than 3,500 hits from 450 cities and 30 foreign countries, giving Durham and region outstanding international coverage.

While 11 companies were selected to participate in the Stampede, the chamber connected the other 67 with resources such as the Small Business Technology Development Center, Small Business Center, N.C. Institute for Minority Economic Development, Bull City Forward, Council for Entrepreneurial Development, LaunchBox Digital and Joystick Labs.

The selected companies occupied the Stampede space on April 1 and set to work launching their businesses, making connections and scaling in Durham. Those interested in tracking the progress of the Stampede through the end of May can follow @StartupStampede on Twitter or join the Startup Stampede Facebook page.

Here is a snapshot of companies selected for the Stampede:

  • AcuMedSoft – revolutionizing healthcare delivery with secure cloud-based Web applications.

  • Appuware – providing a cloud-based suite of tools and services that enable mobile publishers to offer trial and subscription-based pricing within various app marketplaces.

  • Blink Coupons – offering customer loyalty cards for small businesses. Blink aims to become the Google of the collegiate market and its ultimate goal is to make the collegiate experience more enjoyable for college students, professors and advertisers alike.

  • Bound Custom Journals – delivering uniquely customizable journals for travel, sketching, writing, planning and more “because only you can create the perfect journal.”

  • Clinical Ambassador – a cultural attaché that connects science and minority communities to advanced medical discovery and reduces disparities through cultural competence, research literacy, outreach strategy, community-driven creative marketing and patient recruitment in clinical trials.

  • Finger Puppet Games Inc. - developing 3D games with cutting-edge technology that are social, tactile and collectible, built for mobile devices and monetized through microtransactions.

  • Fitsistant - a service of on-call physical training coaches and scheduling assistants combined with personally tailored fitness software.

  • Haiti Hub - a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing the highest quality Haitian Creole e-language learning solutions to native English speakers invested in Haiti’s future.

  • LearnVC – (operated by LearnVC), simplifying the process of raising capital by modeling investment scenarios to educate entrepreneurs and collaborate with potential investors.

  • Little Green Software - developing apps for smart devices, including smartphones, tablets, game systems and the Web.

  • Rippple – an online platform that empowers communities to support entrepreneurs in building successful businesses.