CurEat – the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers now available for Charleston

CurEat?– the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers discover a great place to dine and drink – became available in the iTunes App Store January 2017. CurEat provides trustworthy, curated lists of award-winning, independent and time-honored restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States, and empowers users to create and share their own lists. This week, CurEat introduces its Charleston “CurEaters” – food and beverage pros and tastemakers – and their restaurant recommendations.?The Charleston CurEat app will officially launch during DIG SOUTH’s Innovation Conference, April 25-27.

Created by entrepreneur, world traveler, and passionate diner?Steve Mangano (also a DIG ICON speaker!), CurEat fills a void in the dining app world, now dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews and inferior restaurant lists. With a background in the hospitality industry, Mangano’s inspiration for this app is the direct result of his desire to more easily discover “the place” to eat while traveling as well as support independent restaurants.

Restaurant lists are a core feature of the app.?Users may create and share restaurant recommendations with followers. The app allows you to easily make your lists for different cities and share them within the app, or via text message or email. Lists may reflect any topic, from the “Best Restaurants for Fried Chicken” to “Where to Eat with the Kids.” The app refines your restaurant searches based on the lists you make and the lists you follow, further curating lists of restaurants you may wish to discover.

CurEat is an official Launch Sponsor at DIG ICON — conference attendees will be able to test out the app with Stanfield and Steve in-person!?

CurEaters offer a unique feature within the app.?They represent a cross-section of each community, and include prominent chefs, bartenders, artisans and tastemakers in the area. CurEaters’ restaurant lists are visible to all users, and thereby, influence the restaurant searches within each area. CurEaterAshley Christensen?– a?James Beard Foundation?winning chef and owner of?Poole’s Downtown Diner, Fox Liquor Bar, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chucks and Death & Taxes in Raleigh, NC, was among the first CurEaters in CurEat.

Initial CurEaters in the Charleston area include:

Charleston Wine+ Food Festival
John Lewis, Lewis Barbecue
Jill Mathias, Chez Nous
Craig Deihl, Cypress Restaurant, Artisan Meat Share
Jacques Larson, Wild Olive, Obstinate Daughter
Jason Stanhope, FIG
Karalee Nielsen Fallart, Monza, Taco Boy, Closed For Business, The Royal American, The Park Café, The Green Heart Project
Lauren Mitterer, Wildflour Bakery
Randi Weinstein, This is Fab
Ryan Casey, The Dewberry
Stanfield Gray, DIG SOUTH?
Terry Fox, Charleston Arts Festival, PURE Theatre, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston Creative Parliament
Tim Hussey, Artist Studio Hussey

Find CurEat in the iTunes store here?and register for DIG SOUTH’s Innovation Conference?by April 24 to save $200!?

Link to the App Page – CurEat

Just How Big is Tech in Charleston, SC?

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Take a look at some of the highlights from Charleston’s tech scene this year:

Awards and accolades

  • Twelve Charleston tech companies made the 5000, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. 23 of Charleston’s companies earned a spot in the most competitive year of the list’s history.
  • Two Charleston-area biomedical startups were awarded $50,000 each from the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) – Neuroene Therapeutics for developing an epilepsy treatment and Reify LLC for its work in 3D-printed prosthetics.
  • Real estate startup Preclose was a finalist at the annual Realogy FWD Innovation Summit hosted by industry leader Realogy Holdings Corp. Preclose was selected from a field of 100 companies.

Acquisitions and expansions

  • Blackbaud, leadingprovider of?nonprofit?software and services, acquired Maryland-based startup Blackbaud has invested $380 million + in new acquisitions since 2014.
  • Charleston-based human resources tech company PeopleMatter was acquired by Snagajob. Founded in 2009, PeopleMatter has raised $63 million from investors and employs more than 100 workers in Charleston, making the company one of the region’s most prominent tech firms.
  • Bookkeeping tech company Ceterus, raised $4.2 million, expanded its headquarters, and grew staff by 50%.
  • The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a startup accelerator program in the Charleston region, will open its fifth location in local tech company BoomTown’s new headquarters in early 2017.

New conferences, co-working spaces and coding schools?

  • Dig South, “The South’s Innovation Conference,” saw a record number of attendees in its fourth year. The event, which is Charleston’s biggest technology conference, drew presenters representing global brands including Google and Twitter.
  • The first-ever Charleston Angel Conference resulted in a $100,000 investment for local startup Dynepic, which creates a platform for the “Internet of Toys.” The conference fills an important niche in Charleston’s tech scene by connecting emerging startups with angel investors in the region.
  • Charleston hosted its second Revolve Conference to support tech-minded entrepreneurs and companies in the customer experience, design and marketing industry. A first for the Southeast, the conference drew speakers from several surrounding cities.
  • Three new co-working spaces opened in the Charleston region in the past year: Holy City Collective, Launch Pad and the Avondale Incubator. More are planned this year, including Office Evolution.
  • Jack Russell Software announced the launch of a new coding school in Charleston. The course joins several other local coding schools that provide a talent pipeline for Charleston tech companies.

Full Article from Charleston Regional Development Alliance