Entrepreneur Strikes it Big
Class of 2012
“I am living a dream thanks to Wake Tech.”
— Chris Angel
Chris Angel always knew he wanted to be his own boss. After 15 years in the global software industry, he decided to strike out on his own. In 2009, he enrolled in a course called “Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture” offered through the Wake Tech Wachovia Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship. The course helped Chris develop financing strategies and write a business plan. Chris pitched his idea to Raleigh developer John Kane, who was impressed. "The business plan that Chris put together was thoughtful, thorough and achievable,” Kane says. “It’s the reason we agreed to invest in the project and enter into a long-term lease.”
Chris and his business partner broke ground in the posh North Hills complex in June 2010. Their bowling boutique “Sparians” opened less than six months later. It boasts full-service lanes, an upscale menu, private suites and a plush lounge. Chris says business is booming. “In the first three months, we welcomed more than 100,000 customers and hosted 325 group events, including the Carolina Hurricanes’ Super Bowl party!”
In late 2013, Chris sold Sparians and moved on to other ventures. Chris says Wake Tech made his success possible. “The tools and resources from the PEV course were invaluable,” he says. “I am living a dream thanks to Wake Tech.”
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