As the entrepreneurial landscape of Charlotte has grown, it’s bspoke has emerged to provide ideas, projects and news to inspire small business leaders. As a newsletter to advance the start-up community, it’s bspoke has provided an excellent opportunity to connect the start-up community.
Jim Van Fleet, a software developer and founder of it’s bspoke, believes that Charlotte is on the verge of a groundswell of small business growth. As ideas have been planted and blossomed, Jim believes Ignite Charlotte has helped connect passionate residents of the Queen City and encouraged partnerships that have contributed to the growth in the start-up community. Jim and it’s bspoke are proud to support the local enlightenment process as a sponsor for Ignite Charlotte 4. It also helps that his beautiful, loving, wonderful and ever-persuasive wife, Megan, is the sponsorhip coordinator.
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There are several parts that make an Ignite event awesome:
And last, but certainly not least, the speakers.
We hunted down some of the speakers from Ignite Charlotte 1 to tell us about their experience. Here’s what they had to say (thankfully, no bribes were necessary. Ignite Charlotte is a non-profit, after all):
Jim Van Fleet: “I’ve been excited about Charlotte’s potential for a long time, and participating in [Ignite Charlotte] has proven to me that this city has everything it needs to meet the 21st century head on. I would encourage anyone to share their big idea in this format for this audience. My experience as a speaker was incredible and unforgettable, and I’m humbled to have shared a stage with my co-presenters.”
David Wells: “Ignite Charlotte was a great experience because it helped my company Socialize Your Cause gain more traction in the local community and it also gave me an excellent opportunity to work on my public speaking skills! The format is a bit frightening at first but with a little practice you can make it work.”
Rajeev Kulkarni: “Ignite Charlotte was the perfect event to learn, have fun, and interact with individuals with ideas and as a speaker, put forth my own ideas in a succinct manner. Overall, an adrenaline rush and an enriching experience!”
Jason Silverstein: “For me, Ignite [Charlotte] was all about the passionate speakers and audience members. I truly appreciated seeing how much vision and experience was being shared openly and with no expectations. A truly fantastic event!”
Bermon Painter: “It was great to be part of the first Ignite Charlotte. The event was well-organized and had a nice variety of topics. I learned a lot, enjoyed the night and got to meet lots of other like-minded people in the area.”
Patrick E. McClean: “ It was a wonderful experience, not just presenting, but getting to meet so many interesting passionate people. If you are curious and you like learning new things, Ignite Charlotte is the event for you.”
Warren Cooksey: “I appreciate the opportunity Ignite Charlotte gave me to share in a very compact manner the knowledge of how citizens can be more involved with their government. While I hope to have the chance to speak on a different topic at Ignite Charlotte 2, even if I don’t there’s no way I would miss it.”