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Joel Bennett

Advisor Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area, US

Interim Program Director, Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection.

Interim Program Director, Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection.

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Interim Program Director Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection May 2014 - present
Founder and Creative Director Ultra Banner Stand :: Show Me A Sign! February 2004 - present
VP - Product Development and Marketing Endura Products November 1999 - November 2002
Founder, President and Design Director JBDA, Inc June 1988 - December 2001


Columbus College of Art & Design Industrial Design 1980 - 1984
Pratt Institute 1980 - 1984
The University of Georgia Art 1979 - 1980

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Robotics
  • • Payments
  • • Local
  • • Games
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Media
  • • Music
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Smart Home
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Social Impact
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Dating
  • • Fashion
  • • Hardware
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Financial Services
  • • Healthcare
  • • Photos
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Transportation
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV
  • • Edutainment
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Teacher training
  • • Fitness
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Records

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Valeria Elliott
We worked together  •  Founder, Mokovi. Duke grad. University of California, Berkeley grad.
Joel is very committed to foster an entrepreneurial community in Greensboro, N.C. He brings incredible amounts of passion to any project he ... gets involved in and is a believer in the unlimited potential of each one of the persons he helps. He is also a good listener and is willing to make adjustments to projects in order to satisfy the needs of particular individuals and the team in general. Joel would be a great advisor to any entrepreneur.
Joseph Adams
We worked together  •  Senior DevOps Engineer, TCDI and President, The Forge - Greensboro. North Carolina State grad.
Joel has worked tirelessly in the Greensboro community to promote entrepreneurship. Anyone starting a new business would be well served by h ... aving him as an advisor.
Ryan Saunders
They're my friends  •  Consultant, Kate Moodie Creative Services and Founder, Create Your City.
Joel has a real passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals and he sees the bigger picture of the potential one entrepreneur has t ... o have a huge impact on their community. Joel cares about creating local jobs and helping those with drive and passion succeed.
Alex Zaleski
We worked together  •  Co//ab Community Coordinator, Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection. Previously Youth Programs, City of Greensboro.
Joel has decades of experience with startups under his belt. His creativity encourages Founders to consider questions they never would have ... thought about. He is committed to customer validation and quality work.
Staton Noel
We worked together  •  Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). North Carolina State grad.
Joel has experience as a entrepreneur, in the corporate world, and helping start ups.
Jon Colgan
They're my friends  •  Founder and CEO, CellBreaker. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill grad.
As far as startup evangelists in North Carolina go, Joel is unconventionally down-to-earth and always willing to help entrepreneurs, no stri ... ngs attached, connect with the right resources and find the right feedback. The kind of guy you would buy a beer--again, a rarity in NC.
Joel Leonard
We worked together  •  Chair Chapter 82, Society for Manufacturing Engineering and Community Developer, The Forge - Greensboro.
Joel's intensity and vast connections and perseverance makes him a dynamic force for startups and entrepreneurs.
Stephen Slmoore3
We worked together
Joel has a wealth of experience, both as an entrepreneur and as a mentor/coach to early stage entrepreneurs. Joel is a good listener, looks ... for win/wins and is highly respected by all who know him.
David Horne
We worked together  •  Founder, Honestly Co and Co-Founder, Magnetic Ideas, LLC.
Joel isn't want to rest on his past accomplishments. He's constantly learning and improving. Therefore, he stays relevant for helping startu ... ps progress.
Kent Belle
We worked together  •  Founder, Director of Production, Maslo Media — Commercial Video Production.
Joel gives straightforward, honest feed back to startups. He will challenge entrepreneurs to be disciplined and critical of their product / ... service. During my time with the Greensboro Startup Lab, I found Joel to be helpful and approachable during the process.
Charles Gause
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & President, Triad Growth Partners and Co-Founder & CEO, Technology Development Group LLC.
Yes - well networked and excellent background in product design and launch.
Justin Hu
We worked together  •  Software Developer, Fortress Systems International. Previously Intern - Internet Sys Adm/Web Hosting Team, Lincoln Financial Group.
He is a thoughtful mentor with tons of rich experience in every aspect in my life. He knows a lot and always be generous to give me proper a ... dvising.
Everette Slocum
We worked together  •  CEO, LittleBrownBoxWorks.
He understands many markets and truly knows what it takes to help a startup thrive. Being our advise, we learned a lot about our industry an ... d how to present our innovative projects to potential investors.
Eva Doss
We worked together  •  President and CEO, The Launch Place. Previously Executive Director, Southside Business Technology Center (SBTC).
Joel has tremendous experience in the start-up world, and has a proven track record of advising entrepreneurs. He is also very giving and pa ... tient, and a strong positive thinker with a real desire to help others improve.
Joel McClosky
We worked together  •  Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Four Saints Brewing Company, LLC. Previously Instructional Facilitator, Asheboro City Schools.
Joel can see the forest, and the trees. He helped my company with some marketing design, specifically our tap handles. He listened to, and u ... nderstood, the direction we were leaning and put his talents to work.
John Merrill
We worked together  •  Executive Director, Gateway University Research Park. Previously Manager of Financial and Business Operations, Rensselaer Technology Park.
Joel is easy to work with, well connected within the community, and has a level of professional experience that is extremely helpful for sta ... rt-ups.
Alisha Wielfaert E-RYT 500
We worked together  •  Life Insurance Internal Wholesale, Lincoln Financial Distributors and Yoga Instructor and Founder, Greensboro Downtown Yoga.
Joel is a great adviser because he knows how to break problems down and think through big concepts in a unique way to quickly help founders ... find success. There is no one else that has the unique ability to help founders succeed in the way Joel does. Joel helped me take my business from hanging on by a thread to turning a profit in less than 6 months.
Lee Ngo
We worked together  •  Adjunct Professor, Strayer University. Previously Regional Manager, UP Global. University of California, Irvine grad. Yale grad.
Joel's work with Startup Weekend has been a huge catalyst in the Triad community. If you want to "GSD," he's your man.
Kristi Griggs
We worked together  •  Owner, President, G-Force Marketing Solutions. Previously Director of Marketing, Crown Automotive Platform, Asbury Automotive Group.
Justin Long
We worked together  •  Research Assistant, Elon University School of Law and Intern, Triad Startup Lab.
Joel would be a great advisor because he is very innovative and has a great method for achieving goals.
April Harris
We worked together  •  Cofounder, HQ Greensboro and President, New City Ventures, LLC.
Joel is a leader is product design and business development. As the manager of Entrepreneur Connection, he empowers startups by connecting ... them with resources and training. He has the ability to both see the big picture and focus down on critical details.
Penny Whiteheart
We worked together  •  Executive Vice President, Piedmont Triad Partnership. Previously Vice President Research/Technology, Piedmont Triad Partnership. University of N
Joel is an experienced leader of start up entrepreneurs. He has experience and imagination to help people move their product or idea to the ... next level. He is positive and encouraging while skeptical.
Rendell Richards
We worked together  •  CFO & Partner, Scale Finance. Previously Director of Finance, CBRE.
Alex Worth
We worked together  •  Director of Marketing, E-Commerce, Shamrock Corporation. Previously Corporate Sales, Shamrock Gift Wrap & Accessories.
Joel has the creative vision required to turn an idea into an actionable plan.
Phillip Oakley
They're my friends  •  Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Common Giant. Previously Art Director, The Variable.
Joel has a wide range of experiences from product development to branding and from engineering prototypes to engineering teams that launch s ... mall companies.

Madison E. Wulf
We worked together  •  Previously Sales Team Leader, AroundCampus Group. Previously Customer Service Leader, Lowes Foods.
She is driven to success in whatever she does, takes initiative and is never wrong.

Courtney Pine
We worked together  •  Research Assistant, Elon University School of Law.
I had the pleasure of working with Courtney during the Triad Startup Lab accelerator Summer 2015 cohort. She consistently provided the found ... ers a superior professional service in researching Intellectual Property questions, and advising them in other areas such as marketing and business development. She is a first round choice and will be an asset to any startup or professional team she chooses to join.

Jordan Cauley
We worked together  •  Technology Lead, T and Lead Developer, Cuberis.
I have worked with Jordan during the Summer 2014 and Winter 2015 Triad Startup Lab accelerators. He is a passionate, intelligent and creati ... ve source of good advise. He has a talent for seeing the essential problems and identifying the correct path in project development. He is an asset to a many different startup teams in our community. I highly recommend him.