Extraordinary Ventures

Business & Economy
6:15 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Durham Fund Raises $26 Million For Start-Ups

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Tech start-ups in the Triangle received welcome news this week. Durham-based Bull City Venture Partners plans to invest some $26 million in projects throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The group began raising funds more than a year ago and has already invested in one Raleigh-based digital media initiative. Co-founder David Jones says the mid-Atlantic is an area ripe with innovation, but investors often need convincing.

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Business & Economy
6:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Small Business Model Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Work

Patrick Eden is an integral part of the EV Laundry Service in Chapel Hill.
Credit Leoneda Inge

It is high school graduation season and most young adults are preparing for life in college or in the workplace.  Landing a job in this economy continues to be hard for millions of people.  But what if you have autism?

There’s a community in Chapel Hill that has come up with several small business models that ease young people with autism into the adult world of work and self-sufficiency. 

If you talk to a parent who has a young child with autism, the conversation will eventually lead to “The Cliff.” 

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Some With Developmental Disabilities Find Entrepreneurial Success In Triangle

A laundry business is one of the many successful entrepreneurial companies incubated by Extraordinary Ventures
Credit Courtesy of Extraordinary Ventures

In a traditional labor market, Ewan Toscano might be considered "hard to employ." But he's part of group of young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities who have a proven track record -- not only of employment -- but of entrepreneurship in the Triangle. 

Toscano really likes his job, saying, "I work at EV for two hours four days a week.I make twelve candles.  I love my job.  I see my friends."

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