WRAL TechWire’s exclusive Triangle Startup Guide is continually growing with new resources for local entrepreneurs. Whether you’re looking for VC or angel funding, local coworking spaces or free networking events, the Triangle Startup Guide has all the resources you need to take your venture to the next level.

Every week, we add new resources and information to keep content fresh and relevant. Today, we added two new resources:

In the Competitions, Grants & Other Funding section, we added Duke MEDx’s High-Risk, High-Impact Challenge. Run by the university’s cross-disciplinary innovation initiative, MEDx, this program provides up to three awards ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to early career researchers for interdisciplinary projects tackling human health issues.

The program specifically targets “high-risk, high-impact” projects that are unlikely to receive funding through traditional agencies without preliminary data.

Applications for the upcoming funding cycle are due on Aug. 16:


We also added a new resource to the COVID-19 Relief/Support section of the guide:

The North Carolina Humanities’ American Rescue Plan is now accepting applications for two grant programs to support nonprofit or governmental organizations experiencing pandemic-related hardships. The programs offer $5,000 to $20,000 to be used for either programming/projects or operating support. The submission deadline is July 15.

Other recent additions to the Triangle Startup Guide:

  • In the Accelerators & Mentorship Programs section, we added an update about Launch Chapel Hill: The startup accelerator recently announced that its program has supported 153 companies since its founding in 2013. The program’s graduates have generated over $69 million in revenue and raise $38.4 million in capital. They also employ more than 800 people. We added this milestone to Launch Chapel Hill’s line in the startup guide.
  • In the Competitions, Grants & Other Funding Sources section, we added DIG SOUTH‘s Wild Pitch competition and LaunchBio’s The Big Pitch program.
  • In the Inspiration, Advice and More Resources section, we added a link to the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s newly released 2020 Innovators Report. The annual report provides an overview of North Carolina’s innovation economy and includes the latest data on funding, deal flow and exits. The 2020 edition reports a record $3.4 billion raised by 187 North Carolina companies across 223 deals.
  • In the Free Events & Meetups section, we added a line for the Raleigh Creative Entrepreneurs Meetup, a new event series from local working space Raleigh Founded. First launched in March, the meetup convenes local creative entrepreneurs and storytellers to share their latest ideas and projects in a fun networking environment.
    • In the Free Events & Meetups section, we also added a line about events offered by First Flight Venture Center, a life science startup incubator in Research Triangle Park. It hosts regular lunch and learns, interactive presentations and workshops for life science entrepreneurs and innovators.
  • In the Accelerators and Mentorship Programs section, we added Duke University’s Summer Blockchain Innovation Program. Organized by the Duke Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship, HackDuke and Rev, this new program offers an opportunity for students to build, test and launch their innovative blockchain solutions.

If we missed a resource you’d like added to the Triangle Startup Guide, please feel free to suggest it for inclusion. You can email me directly or use this contact form.