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

Be on the lookout for an announcement on opening nominations for the 2022 list.


Each year the honorees are revealed at an invite-only event and receive their “Startup to Watch” certificate. In 2021, we received 88 total nominations for 71 different startups. Here is the complete list of 2021 honorees.


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. Thanks again to our inaugural 2021 Startups To Watch sponsors, Dualboot and Hutchison. We plan to at least double the number of sponsors in 2022. 

Interested in sponsoring? Click here.