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Start up From a Pain Point: Build solutions to end the headaches

September 14, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Myrtle Beach’s entrepreneur support organization, eMYRge, is continuing to bring you exciting events with inspiring entrepreneurs. On September 14th, eMYRge will host big business solution providers, David Reeser, founder of OpiAID , Daniel Summers,co-founder of Electronic Lab Logs and Rosemary O;Neill of Crowdstack at the Train Depot in downtown Myrtle Beach at 5:30 PM.

For two decades, the entrepreneur ecosystem has been saying, Don’t create a solution looking for a problem as a way to build your startup. Instead, Start with a problem that needs a solution in a large growing industry.

Why? Because it’s human nature to want to get rid of a headache and people, companies, and entire industries will pay to make their lives easier.

In Inc.’s recent article SpaceX: 4 Lessons From Elon Musk in How to Build a Company, Elon Musk highlights this successful approach to startups.

Our speakers for the next eMYRge event have started their companies the same way.

David Reeser, Founder of OpiAid (Wilmington NC)

Wilmington NC is the #1 city in America for opioid drug abuse with 11.6% of working- age people with an addiction. OpiAID is a data science company creating innovative solutions for addiction treatment. OPiAID’s customers are MAT(Medication Assisted Treatment) centers and other outpatient programs that struggle to keep patients actively involved in their recovery process. A high percentage of patients drop out of programs after just one or two appointments. . So, OpiAID offers a unique solution that uses data from a wearable device that measures when an addict might begin to search for drugs. This data helps people stay in programs. They get better and these programs are able to maintain a certain number of clients to remain profitable and help more people . OpiAID recently received a $276,000 grant from the federal government and has won many entrepreneur awards such as Top 10 Startups to Watch and Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Daniel Summers , Cofounder of Electronic Lab Logs (Wilmington NC)

Clinical labs and hospitals are packed with electronic equipment that must be checked for peak performance, often multiple times per day, given the importance of the work. Until recently, this work was tediously done by humans with paper logs. As a result, even the best lab technicians were getting deficiencies due to simple mistakes or sloppy documentation using inefficient spreadsheets and checklists. Standardization and automation were LONG overdue. Electronic Lab Logs was created out of the need to replace the paper Logs and binders used to track maintenance and QC across the lab and even in Point of Care. Founder, Jeremy Sikorski, teamed up with Daniel Summers and after running and refining the software in Jeremy’s own labs, Electronic Lab Logs went to market and has been solving the same simple problem for customers across the country. Electronic Lab Logs recently had the honor of presenting at Dig South in Charleston

Rosemary O’Neill, Cofounder of Crowdstack (South Carolina)

It’s been rough recently. Difficult to connect in person, harder for everyone to collaborate and communicate, and you’ve got fewer resources for engagement. The big social networks often have capricious, unwritten rules that can hold your community hostage, and nobody wants another Zoom call.

In response to these big indusrty problems, Rosemary cofounded Crowdstack…a simple, asynchronous, independent messaging for your group. It helps your audience stay connected virtually, streamlining communications and giving you an easy way to share information, gather insights, and strengthen relationships.

  • Share content that builds peer to peer knowledge exchange, streamlines communications, and deflects support calls.
  • Get found by search engines from your public content, and use permissions to create spaces with restricted access within the same community.
  • Get revenue by offering premium (paid-only) content and access with a built-in premium membership system.


We are pleased to have Julie Kunkle from the South Carolina Department of Commerce take center stage to moderate this exciting opportunity for Myrtle Beach entrepreneurs and stakeholders to get a master class in starting from a pain point to build a successful business.


September 14, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Myrtle Beach Train Depot
851 Broadway Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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