On the Verge

On the VERGE of Something Great!

In just two weeks, Bee Downtown is jetsetting to Santa Clara, California to the 2016 GreenBiz Verge Conference to pitch our business concept to seasoned impact investors and leading green businesses from around the world. How did we get here? You may have remembered us gently nagging you on our social media pages, asking you to vote for us. Well, it worked! Bee Downtown is 1 of 14 early-stage companies selected for VERGE Accelerate fast-pitch competition, comprised of the most innovative start-ups that work at the intersection of technology and sustainability.

We’re honored to tell Bee Downtown’s story to the VERGE community alongside these other amazing startups. Thanks to you, our wonderful hive, we had the second highest number of votes of any of the companies in the competition.

download-3Extending our reach

Over the last year, Bee Downtown has grown organically across the Triangle and our awesome community of supports has been by our side every step of the way cheering us on and supporting us in whatever way they can! As we continue to grow, we see an opportunity for Bee Downtown to flourish in cities across the U.S. It is our hope that our story and commitment to saving the honey bees will attract investors and help us reach that goal.

Above all though, we care most about staying true to our mission of helping save the honey bees through urban beekeeping and a commitment to education in the communities we serve. As we hope to extend our reach into new cities, our core value sets and love for nature will always remain the driving force behind the company.


Raleigh-Durham, our backbone

Back in The Triangle, we have started the first round of hive treatments to reduce the number of varroa mites, a parasite that can cause damage to a hive. This means we will keep the hives closed while the medicine does its job. With a little hive downtime, we can focus on preparing for our VERGE Accelerate pitch. We’re running growth numbers, condensing our pitch to 2 ½ minutes, and preparing to answer any questions the judges may.

We are so grateful for all of the support and kindness the community has given us from the start of Bee Downtown. We cannot wait to share our story on the California stage! Thank you for being a part of this wonderful journey with us as we all work together to make a lasting change in the world.

--The Bee Downtown Team


Written by: Leigh-Kathryn Bonner- Founder, Bee Downtown