RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – WRAL TechWire’s Triangle Startup Guide features a diverse mix of resources useful to both new and seasoned entrepreneurs alike. It includes local VC and angel funding sources, startup accelerators, mentorship programs, coworking spaces, free networking events, meetup groups, and much more.
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- What do you like about the guide?
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- What can we do to improve it?
- How can we make it more relevant?
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Your weekly update
We are continually growing with new resources for local entrepreneurs. Every week, we add new resources and information to keep content fresh and relevant.
Today, we added Duke University’s MEDx-Biomedical Engineering Medical Device Design Program to the Competitions, Grants & Other Funding Sources section of the guide.
In this program, teams of undergraduate students from Duke’s Department of Biomedical Engineering will build out medical device concepts proposed by Duke University Medical Center physicians, nurses and other clinical professionals. This program is useful for clinicians who want to build an innovative medical device but lack the time or resources to design a prototype on their own.
Other recent additions to the Triangle Startup Guide:
- We added the National Venture Capital Association’s model legal document resource to the Inspiration, Advice & More Resources section of the guide. The organization provides legal document templates to free up time for entrepreneurs and investors to focus on growing their ventures. Designed to be used in venture capital financings, the legal model templates include items such as term sheets, stock purchase agreements, voting agreements, management rights letters, and more.
- We added NEXT Venture Pitch to the Competitions, Grants & Other Funding section of the guide. Held in Greenville, South Carolina, this popular pitch event gathers entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and business leaders from across the Carolinas and offers an opportunity for startups in the southeast to refine their pitch and gain attention from new investors. Applications are live for the upcoming NEXT Venture Pitch 2021 program, held on Sept. 16 in Greenville. The deadline is Aug. 15.
- 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 Launch Place recently unveiled its upcoming Big Launch Challenge pitch competition, noting that the program has awarded $159,000 to 14 companies over its eight-year history. We added this milestone to Big Launch Challenge’s line in the Competitions, Grants & Other Funding section.
- In the COVID-19 Relief/Support section, we added the North Carolina Humanities’ American Rescue Plan, which is now accepting applications for two grant programs supporting 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.
- 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.