FreshSpire Team

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At ExitEvent, we want you up on all the topics trending and news happening in the Triangle, so here's a feature we run after each month ends recapping the most popular 10 stories and posts on our site. They're ranked below based on page views. 

Leading the pack this month was the story behind the winner of the first-ever Big Idea Project, a team of college women (some pictured above) who dreamt up their business as students at the elite North Carolina School of Science and Math. The rest of the month was dominated by funding news, with some of the most anticipated local startups raising significant venture capital dollars and from high-profile investors. Also, enjoy a profile of a new fashion startup and some data backing up Chapel Hill's two-year-old accelerator.

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$100,000 worth of business and development help could be just what the five young college women behind FreshSpire need to make their high school entrepreneurship project a reality. After earning local and national accolades earlier this year, the women now have the support of The Big Idea's mentors, developers and designers.

A burst of venture capital activity is causing a hiring boom in the Triangle. Our latest startup jobs roundup includes all sorts of openings—from developers to marketers to support teams to HR and accounting. 

Durham startup RevBoss forwent the traditional seed round by building a software product out of a successful sales prospecting consulting business. Now, it's ready to grow its own sales efforts with help from notable local funders.

Women love or hate rompers, but this Duke Ph.D. candidate is determined to please everyone with a new line of the adult onesies that are comfortable and made to fit everyone. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in October, her vision for building a fashion startup is becoming a reality. This story explores how she's using her psychology research, experiences as a teacher and as the wife of an entrepreneur to bring something new to market.

Following news of the Raleigh startup's first major funding round, we break down the investors pumping cash into Scott Moody's latest venture K4Connect. His previous startup AuthenTec was sold to Apple for north of $350M in 2012, and he's already recruited an impressive team, landed a large contract from his first customer and filed several patents to protect the company's intellectual property.

Nearly three years since opening in downtown Chapel Hill, the accelerator loosely tied to UNC-Chapel Hill has some impressive results, along with seven new and interesting young companies in the program this fall.

With a trio of new local investors and a leader with a compelling mix of high-level military, academic, political and business experience, Durham startup SoloPro is ready to take its unbundled real estate services and tech platform national.

Ansible's acquisition by Red Hat marks the seventh exit by a company on the Durham campus since early 2014, helping shape a cool story of startup, growth, sustainability and exit in the city's tech community.

Students connected to NC State's Entrepreneurship Initiative have big plans and impressive products that could change the way people around the world connect to the Internet and play chess with one another. Meet the founders behind SMSmart and Chess Automated—you'll likely hear more of these men and woman in the future.

Battery Ventures and Salesforce Ventures are the newest backers of Raleigh startup Pendo, which is building first-of-its-kind software for product managers. We also got the back story of one of the largest Series A rounds for a Triangle startup in recent years.