GrepBeat’s “Startups To Watch” recognizes early-stage startups that we believe are going to make a lot of noise over the next several years. We solicit nominations for the list from the GrepBeat community. The winners are honored at an invite-only evening event, which also includes other startup founders and key team members, investors and ecosystem leaders.


  • Be tech or tech-enabled. Thus no agencies or consultancies; and no life sciences, biotech or medical device startups
  • Have <$3M in annual revenue
  • Be headquartered in the Triangle
  • Must not be a past winner


Each year the honorees are revealed at an invite-only event and receive their “Startup to Watch” certificate. Here is the list of 2021 honorees, the list of 2022 honorees and the list for 2023 honorees.

Stay tuned for 2024!


By becoming an Event Sponsor, you can support the most promising tech startups in the Triangle while mingling with an exclusive invite-only audience of founders, investors and ecosystem leaders. Sorry, but service providers won’t be making the invite list-unless, of course, they’re sponsors.

Thank you again to our 2023 sponsors: Dualboot Partners, Hutchison, HPG, Deloitte, Rankin McKenzie and Evergreen & Oak.

Interested in sponsoring? Click here.

Here Are Some Past Event Sponsors: