RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – With weekly updates to keep content fresh, WRAL TechWire’s Triangle Startup Guide offers a timely resource package for anyone looking to start or grow a business in the Triangle area.

Today, we made some important updates to the “COVID-19 Funding, Assistance & Resources” section of the guide, which offers a comprehensive overview of the resources available to local small businesses and startups dealing with pandemic-related losses.

In this section, we added a few Small Business Administration (SBA) programs with application deadlines coming up before the end of the year:

  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program provides up to $2 million in loans to small businesses and other companies impacted by the pandemic.

Under the EIDL program are two targeted advance opportunities:

  • The Targeted EIDL Advance program provides $10,000 for businesses in low-income communities with 300 or fewer employees and experiencing revenue reductions greater than 30%.
  • The Supplemental Targeted Advance program provides an additional $5,000 for businesses in low-income communities with 10 or fewer employees and experiencing revenue losses of 50% or more.

Applications for all three programs close on Dec. 31. For more information, refer to the SBA’s website and FAQ page.

Other recent additions to the Triangle Startup Guide

Every week, we update the guide with new resources for local entrepreneurs for our exclusive Triangle Startup Guide.

If we missed something, please feel free to suggest it for inclusion. You can email me directly or use this contact form.

Here’s a review of additions we’ve made in recent weeks:

  • In the “Competitions, Grants & Other Funding Sources” section of the guide, we added NC State University’s upcoming Make-A-Thon program, in which student teams are tasked with creating the best solution to a sustainability challenge. At the end of the weekend, participating teams will pitch their ideas to judges and local companies for a chance to win cash prizes. This year’s competition, held Jan. 27–30, will offer $2,000 to the winning team, $1,000 to the runner-up and $500 to the third-place winner. The deadline to register is Jan. 16.
  • In the “Accelerators and Mentorship Programs” section, we added LaunchWENDELL—a new 10-week program from the Town of Wendell and Wake Technical Community College that aims to support entrepreneurs and small business owners in Wendell. Applications for the first cohort are open through Dec. 1, and classes are set to kick off in January 2022. Participants will be assigned a mentor from the business community to guide their business development strategy.
  • We added the Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund to the COVID-19 resources section of the guide. The program provides low-interest loans of up to $100,000 to small businesses and nonprofits in 15 states across the southeastern region, including North Carolina. To qualify, small businesses must be experiencing pandemic-related economic disruption and have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and annual revenues of less than $5 million.
  • We made an addition to our interactive map of incubators and coworking spaces: Raleigh’s The Wright Village initially opened in July 2020 as a coworking space for entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities to connect with like-minded individuals. Soon, it expanded into an incubator, providing one-on-one business coaching and mentorship. The space comprises a communal/coworking area, shared and private offices, dedicated desks, a conference room, and a podcast studio.
  • In the “Inspiration, Advice & More Resources” section of the guide, we added links to all of the stories in our “Tomorrow’s Unicorns” series, which wrapped up in late October. The six-part multimedia series covers Raleigh’s most promising startups with “unicorn” potential (a term designated for companies surpassing the $1 billion valuation mark).
  • In the “Competitions, Grants & Other Funding” section, we added Wolf Den, a popular pitch competition held every year during NC State University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. A handful of student teams present their business ventures to a panel of judges and a live audience for a chance to win cash prizes. This year’s edition will be held on Nov. 12 at the Duke Energy Hall in Hunt Library.
  • In the “Venture Capital and Angel Groups” section, we added RollingSouth – a new rolling fund from South Carolina-based angel investor group VentureSouth. The fund launched earlier this month and targets early-stage tech startups across the Southeast. The team behind it has experience investing over $50 million into 82 companies through 190 investment rounds.

Town of Wendell and Wake Tech partner on LaunchWENDELL, set to run in 2022