Chris Heivly to speak at the 2018 Innovate Raleigh Summit


Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.”  For over 30 years, Chris has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.  Heivly current serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an EIR at Techstars. Chris writes for INC.COM, his blog at and recently published his first book about startups called Build The Fort.  

For the past year and a half, Chris has worked with Brad Feld - author of Startup Communities - and the Techstars team on developing products, tools & services to serve startup community leaders/influencers to help them build more robust ecosystem's.  They have piloted in 5 communities around the world and have developed a unique and strong point-of-view on what makes startup communities work and grow.

Chris will address 2018 Innovate Raleigh Summit attendees on November 9 at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

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