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ExitEvent Announces Wells Fargo as Media Innovation Partner

ExitEvent Announces Wells Fargo as Media Innovation Partner

Durham, NC – Jan. 26, 2015 – ExitEvent, an online journal based within the expanding American Underground ecosystem, announces Wells Fargo as its first Media Innovation Partner.

In this partnership, the global banking leader will present the 2016 ExitEvent Startup Social series and host an exclusive Founders Forum featuring discussion between startup leaders and Wells Fargo executives about innovation in the banking and technology sectors.

The first ExitEvent Startup Social of 2016 with presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo.

The first ExitEvent Startup Social of 2016 with presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo.

“The economic health and sustainability of our communities is dependent upon the creation and success of innovative, diverse businesses with skilled employees,” said Jack Clayton, Wells Fargo’s regional president in the Triangle area. “We are proud to support ExitEvent to ensure Durham is the most competitive location in an increasingly complex global market by providing entrepreneurs with the resources and support needed to maximize their potential.”

 Wells Fargo will also present a bi-annual Founders Chair Forum which will convene a select group of startup CEOs with Wells Fargo Executive Leadership. These events will allow founders to ask key financial and banking questions to bank executives, while discussing opportunities to provide technology or services to the banking industry.

“Wells Fargo is an incredible example of a company that values and supports regional and statewide innovation by appreciating the true spirit required to take on new enterprise,” says Jesica Averhart, director of partnerships, ExitEvent. “As Media Innovation Partner, Wells Fargo will continue to be a champion for start-ups across the state while offering industry insights and trends on the Exit Event platform.”

ExitEvent was acquired by American Underground in early 2014 and has since become the region’s primary source of coverage of the Startup community.

More about ExitEvent:

ExitEvent provides news, information and tools emerging companies and smart investors need to grow their businesses, and in a talk shop kind of way. Based in Durham, we focus on up-and-coming tech metros in North Carolina—Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and the Research Triangle region, with coverage expanding to Wilmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Charlotte.

More about Wells Fargo:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

More about the American Underground:

The American Underground is where smart startups get their start. Our mission is to foster one of the most dynamic, high-powered, and well-connected communities of entrepreneurs in the Southeast. We are home to more than 250 companies, accelerator programs, university offices, investors, and more across three locations (two in Durham, one in Raleigh). The American Underground is one of just nine Google for Entrepreneur Tech Hubs in the country.


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