At ‘Pints and Pitches,’ entrepreneurs share ideas with investors, network over beers

By Natalie Yerger, freelance reporter

The Town of Chapel Hill has done a number of things over the past decade to encourage its growth and draw businesses to the area. Among the most recent is a recurring meetup called Pints and Pitches, where entrepreneurs share not just drinks, but business ideas.

The idea for the event originated after a roundtable breakfast of more than 70 local entrepreneurs. After the event, many wanted to create a space to continue their conversations on a regular basis.

“The original group met for about a year and a half,” said Dwight Bassett, Chapel Hill’s economic development officer. “After meeting with that group for a while, we didn’t just want to be facilitators, we wanted to provide them the opportunity to have more solidified networking events and encourage an ecosystem.”

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