Technical Entrepreneurship in North Carolina

6:00 pm
450 Design Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States 27101

Technical Entrepreneurship in North Carolina

“Successful cities of the future will be those cities that can embrace a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as rapid change.” –Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines
Ever feel like you have that next “million dollar idea?”  Many do sometime in their lifetime but few ever act on it.

Technology jobs and the economy basis for the US, North Carolina in particular, are currently facing a potential crisis as more manufacturing and development jobs move offshore.

In North Carolina this situation has been made worse by the current political climate, which is keeping established companies from moving new jobs into the state.  It is our hope, while working to improve this environment, the creation and nurturing of new technology-based startup companies will lead to an increase in the pool of higher-paying jobs, and encourage the job market to pursue higher-technology training and employment.

Mr. Lord will tell about the North Carolina Council’s efforts to establish an Entrepreneur’s Network across the state, in order to encourage and foster the growth of North Carolina tech companies.


Technical Entrepreneurship in North Carolina


Charles J. Lord, PE, is an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years’ experience in system design and development in medical, military, and industrial applications.
For the last ten years, he has specialized in the integration of communication protocols into clients’ products including USB, Ethernet, and low-power wireless including ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, and Thread.  He has taught classes in these protocols for Freescale, Renesas, various universities and conferences including ESC, and his previous company, Triangle Advanced Design and Automation.
He has been a design partner with Freescale, Microchip, and Renesas.  He also teaches a series of popular webinars for Design News magazine on IoT and embedded systems topics.
He earned his BS in electrical engineering from NC State University in Raleigh, NC and provides training and consulting services through his company, Blue Ridge Advanced Design in Asheville, NC.
He is a licensed professional engineer in NC and a senior member of the IEEE.  In his volunteer work at the IEEE, he has served at many levels from local to regional to board committees.  He is currently the chair of the IEEE NC Council and is general chair of IEEE SoutheastCon 2017 and NC IoT Day.