Business Management Software Provider Launches Base Camp for Tech Training and Grows Charlotte Footprint
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mar. 10, 2020 — Ekos, the leader in business management software for independent craft makers, today announced the launch of its accelerator program, Base Camp, as well as a significant expansion of the company’s physical footprint in Charlotte, with new offices slated to open in late 2020.
Base Camp is a technology talent accelerator program, designed to cultivate new Charlotte-area tech talent by enabling selected applicants to work on real projects in the dynamic startup environment at Ekos, as well as with other companies within Charlotte’s larger startup ecosystem.
Created by Ekos to cultivate home-grown technical talent to support the growing local tech economy, Base Camp will empower tech personnel to grow their skills and to maximize the investment in their professional education, and will ultimately make it easier to find work. The program will serve as a stepping stone for workers who have already attended a technology boot camp or possess other related education, providing the opportunity to work on Ekos, as well as other regional start ups, projects in order to gain real experience across any number of key functional roles – not just coding and development but also in roles such as product marketing, product management, tech support, and sales.
“With this hands-on approach to technology and training, we’re investing in our community and its long-term success,” said Josh McKinney, Ekos CEO. “The more we can prepare our local workforce for technology-focused businesses, the more the Charlotte area becomes a better place for all of us to work and live.”
Ekos Base Camp will be operated out of the company’s new Optimist Park headquarters location, which is scheduled to open in late 2020. Optimist Park is part of the booming Mill District, comprised of the neighborhoods of Optimist Park, NoDa, Villa Heights, and Belmont. These neighborhoods share a rich textile past and have once again emerged as hubs of industry and innovation, and act as a home to a diverse community of forward-thinking makers and small businesses. The new Ekos headquarters will occupy the entire second floor of Chadbourn, a former hosiery factory that is currently being developed by White Point. Chadbourn will include approximately 38,000 square feet of office space, including the headquarters for Ekos and its Base Camp program, as well as 2,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space.
Located approximately one block from the Charlotte LYNX Blue Line’s 25th Street Station, the new Ekos facility is in the heart of Charlotte’s vibrant community and just a short distance from Optimist Hall, a recently-established food hall and retail and entertainment venue. Building renovations will focus on preserving the historic character of the factory while updating it with modern features and amenities, including a design plan that will enable Ekos to fulfill its vision of a collaborative workspace, featuring a flexible layout that will allow teams to work together dynamically on an as-needed basis and offer individual employees their own personal space when appropriate. Ekos also plans to offer the facility to local groups to use as a gathering place for community and educational events.
“Our customers are all about their local community, and so are we,” said Josh McKinney, Ekos CEO. “We envision our new building as a place that will not only support the growth of Ekos but also function as a hub and gathering spot – where the tech community and Charlotte organizations can come together through activities that create benefits for the city and the region.”
Company Momentum: Customer Growth and Venture Investment
Rapid and ongoing customer growth, as well as a recent Series A venture capital investment, are driving the corporate momentum that underpins the establishment of Ekos’s new Charlotte facility and the creation of its Base Camp program. With customers in more than 40 countries around the world, Ekos provides craft producers with the software tools to manage their day-to-day operations in inventory, production, sales, and accounting. Designed to boost the performance of every person in a craft manufacturing organization, Ekos currently serves more than 15% of the craft breweries in the U.S., including popular brands like Austin Beerworks, Breakside Brewery, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and Wormtown Brewery. The company recently closed an $8 million Series A investment round, led by Atlanta-based venture capital firm Noro-Moseley Partners, allowing Ekos to enhance product features for the company’s core alcoholic beverage customers, build integrations with best-in-class craft manufacturing, add new features for the food and beverage market, and grow employee headcount.
Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Ekos is the leader in business management software for independent craft producers. Ekos partners with makers in 40 countries to manage their day-to-day operations in inventory, production, sales and accounting. The Ekos software is designed and built to help organize and operate craft businesses more efficiently and profitably, delivering insights unavailable from spreadsheets and traditional methods. To learn more, visit the company at www.goekos.com.
About White Point
White Point is a private real estate investment firm that utilizes local market knowledge, an extensive network and entrepreneurial approach to pinpoint unique investment opportunities. Based in Charlotte, NC, the firm develops and acquires office, mixed-use, adaptive re-use, and multifamily properties across the Southeast. Since 2014, the team has developed or acquired over $700 million of real estate assets. For more information on White Point, visit www.whitepointpartners.com.