Two local technology startups — Dynepic and Teamphoria — were at the White House on Monday for an event recognizing U.S. entrepreneurship.
The afternoon ceremony was to “highlight the importance of investing in women and young entrepreneurs,” the White House said in a statement. Among those there was President Barack Obama and investors from ABC’s “Shark Tank,” including Daymond John, Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran.
About 70 companies from around the country were expected to be at the ceremony.
“It’s a great experience to meet entrepreneurs worldwide, rub shoulders and meet with (venture capitalists), the president, his staff, Mark Cuban and the sharks,” Andrew Strickland, managing partner with Teamphoria, said via email.
Teamphoria develops apps geared toward making employees engaged.
James Island-based Dynepic was founded by US. Air Force Academy graduate Krissa Watry. It ties together technology and toys “moving play beyond two dimensions,” it said on its site.
“Best part of the day is networking on a global level,” Watry said in an email.
Both companies went through the Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s accelerator program.
The White House invitation shows what Charleston is doing for entrepeneurs “is working,” said John Osborne, cofounder of the center’s accelerator.
It’s not the first time the local tech representative has been invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Carolyn Finch, the woman behind Charleston Women in Tech, was there a few weeks ago for a “White House Tech Meetup,” according to a statement.
A third local company, Tarian Orthotics, also of the Harbor Entrepreneur Center’s accelerator program, was invited to Monday’s ceremony, but it was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict, Osborne said.
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