Here is a guide to how to get started with raising capital, find a place to setup shop and getting advice for your startup, the Triangle’s next latest and greatest technology juggernaut.
Please note that we don’t include those firms or resources that focus on life sciences, as that’s not in our bailiwick. As always, email us firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or suggestions.
We hope this helps!
Outside capital is the lifeblood for most growing startups. Please see our write up on Raising Capital in the Triangle for everything that you need to know.
Finding Startup Space
Entrepreneurs cluster in various coffee shops and co-working locations across the Triangle. Find out where with this guide on Finding Startup Space.
The Triangle is a university-town and fortunately, most of the local universities have places to help you plot your startup. Here is a place to start:
- UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Entrepreneurship Center: Kenan-Flagler sponsors several programs including Launch Chapel Hill. Launch Chapel Hill’s application is open to all residents of the Triangle area.
- Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative: Fuqua School’s Center for Entrepreneurship encapsulates the entrepreneurial spirit through clinics, programs for students, and a focus on social innovation in entrepreneurship.
- NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic: Located in HQ Raleigh, ventures can submit an application to work with the clinic and receive consulting from NC State students and professionals.
- Shaw University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center: Located Southeast of Downtown Raleigh, Shaw University’s Entrepreneurship Center aims to inspire, encourage, and connect with startups.
There are also some go-to entrepreneurial organizations designed and developed to foster most startups in the area. Here are some of the most relevant:
- The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) provides resources to companies to aid business growth. Over 400 companies are members of CED.
- NC IDEA works closely with entrepreneurs to help launch or scale their startup. They also offer a range of non-dilutive grants and mentorship programs.
- One North Carolina Small Business Program helps small businesses develop and commercialize innovative technologies to benefit the general population. The program also provides matching non-dilutive grants to companies receiving federal SBIR/STTR grants.
Here are a few more resources to guide your way:
- Startomatic, from Co-Founders Robbie Allen (Automated Insights) and Andrew Fisher, is designed to take your startup from idea to online and legally formed within two days for under $600. (We wrote about them here.)
- WRAL TechWire Startup Guide is an excellent, thorough and interactive guide to the resources available to Triangle entrepreneurs.
- Duke Law Start-Up Ventures Clinic has got you covered! Student attorneys provide free advice and assistance to early-stage ventures.
That’s all. Now get on it. We need more billion-dollar startups in the Triangle.