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 Image courtesy of visitRaleigh.comGarrett Poulos

Image courtesy of visitRaleigh.comGarrett Poulos

Our Ecosystem 

Looking to plug-in to Raleigh's startup community?  This is a good place to start.  

Have something to add to our list?  Give us a shout.


StarTUP and Entrepreneurial community

 Image courtesy of visitRaleigh.com/Garrett Poulos

Image courtesy of visitRaleigh.com/Garrett Poulos

From Pendo to Citrix to Red Hat, Raleigh has a vibrant community of technology companies of all sizes.

More than 100 companies trace their beginnings to NC State, including multinational corporations like SAS Institute and CREE.  Here is the list of startups with NC State roots.

Serial entrepreneur Scott Wingo compiles an annual list of Triangle Tweeners, companies headquartered in the Triangle with between $1 and $80 million in sales per year.  Here is this year's list.  

Innovate Raleigh maintains a Twitter list of local startups here.  

 


Workspaces

   HQ Raleigh    HQ Raleigh is a collaborative environment that empowers high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs to create purpose-driven businesses that leave the world better than they found it. The community has more than 150 member companies across our multiple locations in Raleigh and more than 500 companies across the state.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh is a collaborative environment that empowers high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs to create purpose-driven businesses that leave the world better than they found it. The community has more than 150 member companies across our multiple locations in Raleigh and more than 500 companies across the state.

   Loading Dock    Loading Dock Raleigh is a shared workspace for the creative, freelancer, entrepreneur, and remote professional.  LDR believes strongly that where you work and who you work with is vitally important to the work you do, so they created a workplace where the community can work and flourish together while unencumbered of the challenges of office space (Image courtesy of Chair 8 Media).

Loading Dock

Loading Dock Raleigh is a shared workspace for the creative, freelancer, entrepreneur, and remote professional.  LDR believes strongly that where you work and who you work with is vitally important to the work you do, so they created a workplace where the community can work and flourish together while unencumbered of the challenges of office space (Image courtesy of Chair 8 Media).

   The Assembly    The Assembly is a studio, collective, and shared platform to inspire and elevate creative bravery.  Created for creatives, by creatives.

The Assembly

The Assembly is a studio, collective, and shared platform to inspire and elevate creative bravery.  Created for creatives, by creatives.

 
   Regus     Regus provides premium co-working space and private offices all over the country. Local regus members can chose to work from co-working spaces in downtown at city plaza, North Hills Tower II,  The Cap Trust Tower, Forum I, or many other locations around the triangle.   

Regus

Regus provides premium co-working space and private offices all over the country. Local regus members can chose to work from co-working spaces in downtown at city plaza, North Hills Tower II,  The Cap Trust Tower, Forum I, or many other locations around the triangle.

 

   Nest Raleigh    Nest Raleigh is a co-working, communal workspace with dedicated desks and private suites, located in Downtown Raleigh.

Nest Raleigh

Nest Raleigh is a co-working, communal workspace with dedicated desks and private suites, located in Downtown Raleigh.

   The Frontier    Offering a centrally located spot in nearby RTP to plug in, collaborate, and plan your next big move, The Frontier is open to anyone with bold ideas and big dreams. The best part? It's free.

The Frontier

Offering a centrally located spot in nearby RTP to plug in, collaborate, and plan your next big move, The Frontier is open to anyone with bold ideas and big dreams. The best part? It's free.


Local Funders

Angel Networks

Carolina Angel Network //  created by and for the UNC community

Duke Angel Network //  created by and for the Duke community

Investors' Circle //  impact investing network

RTP Capital Associates //  monthly convening for technology investments  

Triangle Angel Partners //  group focused on local technology companies

Triangle Venture Alliance //  created by and for the UNC, Duke, NCSU and NCCU communities

Wolfpack Investor Network //  created by and for the NC State community


SEED STAGE 

 

Carolina Seed Investors //  fund focused on pre-revenue companies from university based startups

Cofounders Capital //  fund created by successful serial entrepreneur David Gardner

Full Tilt Capital //  new fund focused on crypto currency 

IDEA Fund Partners // fund focused on technology companies in the Southeast mad Mid-Atlantic

Inception Micro Angel Fund (IMAF) // fund focused on technology companies in the Southeast

Madison River Ventures // fund focused on Triangle-based companies with an e-commerce or SaaS focus

Pilot Mountain Ventures //  fund focused on technology and medical devices

Solidarity Capital Group //  fund focused on social justice enterprises


BioInnovation Capital // seed to series A investment in life science companies

Bull City Venture Partners // seed to series A funding for software and internet companies

Cato BioVentures  // all stages of funding for life science companies

SJF Ventures //  fund focused on resource efficiency, sustainability, and technology-enhanced services

Series A


Cherokee Investment Partners // fund focused on acquisition, remediation, and sustainable redevelopment

Fulcrum Equity Partners // post-revenue, growth equity fund investing in high-growth SaaS, tech-enabled services, healthcare services, and healthcare IT

Hatteras Venture Partners // seed to late stage, NC-based fund that finances biomedical companies

Intel Capital // seed to late stage global venture capital fund focused on building technology ecosystems

River Cities Capital Funds //  growth equity fund in healthcare and information technology

True Bridge Capital Partners // alternative asset management firm focused on investments in technology-driven companies.

Series B


8 Rivers // Durham-based VC focusing on energy, wireless communications, transportation, and industrial processes

Acorn Innovestments // seed to early stage fund based in Durham, NC

Bluedoor // provides innovation coaching, product development, validation, strategy, and funding to digital health startups

Bootstrap Advisors // hands-on advisory and venture firm focusing on innovative consumer products.

Disruptive Enterprises // advancing health and wellness through subsidiary companies 

Echo Health Ventures // seed to late stage fund focused on health care companies

Excelerate Health Ventures // seed to early stage fund focused on healthcare software and tech-enabled healthcare service startups

Golden Pine Ventures // seed to late stage fund focused on rare and breakthrough life sciences firms

One Better Ventures // nurtures and develops consumer brands that have a positive impact on the world.

Pappas Capital // early to late stage fund focused on life sciences

Pinkubator // seed to early stage fund and co-working space focused on women-led or women focused businesses

Rex Health Ventures // seed to late stage fund focused on life science companies

The Launch Place // entrepreneurship development organization with the purpose to plan, fund, launch, and grow companies in the IT, software, advanced manufacturing, and medical devices industries
 

Other Funders and Foundries


NOtable initiatives

   Activate Good     Activate Good's mission is to activate volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community. They connect nonprofits with those who are excited about volunteering and giving back. Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for your entire team or a specific, skills-based opportunity, Activate Good provides entrepreneurs in the community with a meaningful way to give back.

Activate Good 

Activate Good's mission is to activate volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community. They connect nonprofits with those who are excited about volunteering and giving back. Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity for your entire team or a specific, skills-based opportunity, Activate Good provides entrepreneurs in the community with a meaningful way to give back.

   DHIT (Digital Health Impact + Transformation)     DHIT is a social venture dedicated to driving digital health innovation across the ecosystem and transforming North Carolina and the Triangle into a global digital health hub.   

DHIT (Digital Health Impact + Transformation) 

DHIT is a social venture dedicated to driving digital health innovation across the ecosystem and transforming North Carolina and the Triangle into a global digital health hub.

 

   D  igital Connectors    The City of Raleigh's Digital Connectors program helps prepare youth for jobs in the 21st century workplace by providing intensive computer training and building leadership skills.  The program serves as an ambassador by teaching their families, friends and neighbors to take advantage of the digital economy.

Digital Connectors

The City of Raleigh's Digital Connectors program helps prepare youth for jobs in the 21st century workplace by providing intensive computer training and building leadership skills.  The program serves as an ambassador by teaching their families, friends and neighbors to take advantage of the digital economy.

   District C    District C empowers schools to prepare the next generation of talent. They provide innovative real-world learning experiences designed to teach high school students how to work together to solve real problems.

District C

District C empowers schools to prepare the next generation of talent. They provide innovative real-world learning experiences designed to teach high school students how to work together to solve real problems.

   Launch Raleigh    Supporting and developing entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh by providing access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.

Launch Raleigh

Supporting and developing entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities in Southeast Raleigh by providing access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.

   Inmates to Entrepreneurs    Inmates to Entrepreneurs hosts an eight-week course for anyone with a criminal background who has started or is interested in starting their own small business. They provide mentorship and other resources to aspiring entrepreneurs  (image courtesy of the Philanthropy Journal)

Inmates to Entrepreneurs

Inmates to Entrepreneurs hosts an eight-week course for anyone with a criminal background who has started or is interested in starting their own small business. They provide mentorship and other resources to aspiring entrepreneurs  (image courtesy of the Philanthropy Journal)

   Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center    Created to inspire, connect, encourage, and support students and entrepreneurs, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center provides existing and aspiring business owners in Southeast Raleigh and beyond with space to think and meet – a place to nurture and develop their ideas into growing companies.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Created to inspire, connect, encourage, and support students and entrepreneurs, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center provides existing and aspiring business owners in Southeast Raleigh and beyond with space to think and meet – a place to nurture and develop their ideas into growing companies.

   NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic    The eClinic integrates research, teaching, and real world experience by providing a place where faculty, students, entrepreneurs, and service providers go to teach, learn, and build the next generation of businesses in Raleigh.

NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic

The eClinic integrates research, teaching, and real world experience by providing a place where faculty, students, entrepreneurs, and service providers go to teach, learn, and build the next generation of businesses in Raleigh.