Demo Day

You're Invited to Save the Date for Demo Day

Wednesday, September 29th

4:00-6:00 PM (EST)

Online Via Zoom 

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4:00 - 4:30 PM Innovate Durham Cohort Showcase

Our startups will discuss how they've been piloting their innovative solution to solve local government issues. 

4:30 - 5:00 PM Virtual Networking

We'll use breakout rooms to allow you a more accessible experience with all of our startups! You'll have the opportunity to ask them questions about their product, their experience with Innovate Durham, and what's next for their company.

5:00 - 6:00 PM Panel Discussion "Brave New World: Planning for Innovation, Equity, and Resilience Post Pandemic" 

Featured Panelists

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Kevin Dick

President and CEO, Carolina Small Business Development Fund 

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Tim Scales 

Director of Growth, American Underground 

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Tom Darling 

Division Manager, Employee Learning Center, City of Albuquerque

The 2021 Innovate Durham Startups and their assigned test-case department are as follows: 

Acta logo


Durham County Register of Deeds, City-County Inspections Department, and City Human Resources

Acta Solutions is a software-as-a-service company that automates customer service communications for local governments to save time, increase revenue, and speedily provide residents, developers, and businesses with the services they need by intelligently suggesting automated responses that staff reviews before sending.


Coworks logoCity and County employees

Coworks provides a space management portal that allows users to organize billing, conference room/meeting space, desk reservations and more as well as a member portal to assist people working in a shared space. 


City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County Department of General Services

DayWatt logoDayWatt's technology enables rooftop solar installations on commercial buildings to supply long-term backup power to the facility during blackouts, a feature unavailable with conventional renewable energy approaches. In addition to offering cost-effective power outage resiliency, the system also provides lifetime benefits through lower energy bills, decreased maintenance, and reduced carbon emissions.