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Communities, Networks & Memberships

Plug in with these startup networks to get connections, support, mentorship and camaraderie among fellow entrepreneurs:

Alliance of Women in Tech Leadership

The Alliance of Women in Tech Leadership is a network of Triangle executives aiming to advance women in technology through collaboration and education.

American Underground

American Underground is one of Google For Entrepreneurs’ tech hubs. The startup hub offers coworking and office space in three locations in downtown Durham, and hosts fun community events, pitch competitions and workshops. AU also offers its entrepreneurs connections to some of the Triangle’s top tech leaders, through networking events and introductions.

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, which recently celebrated six years of serving Triangle startups, is a business member organization made out of a partnership between the Triangle’s founding universities and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.

Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)

Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a network of entrepreneurs, innovators, founders, investors, and even some government officials from all over the Triangle. The organization offers mentoring services, capital connections, member meetups and annual conferences. For more information, read CED’s pitch for why entrepreneurs should join here.

Digital Health Impact + Transformation (DHIT Global)

Digital Health Impact + Transformation (DHIT Global) is a hub and resource for startups and research projects in the local health sector. Headed by parent company Bluedoor, DHIT offers tools and strategies, a database of health startup programs and funding options, industry news and insights, and has gained a member base of Triangle stakeholders including the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center, NC IDEA, American Underground, RIoT, Innovate Carolina, RTI International, as well as local health-industry companies. DHIT hosts monthly Digital Health Happy Hours for the community.

DukeGEN

DukeGEN is an organization of over 5,000 entrepreneurs and industry leaders who are part of Duke University’s alumni network.

Durham Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce helps its members connect with hundreds of business owners and managers in the city’s market. Companies join the network to expand exposure for their business to a wider network of investors and partners. There are plenty of networking events, community workshops and business training programs offered as well.

First Flight Venture Center

First Flight Venture Center is a Research Triangle Park-based incubator that offers several programs for tech and science-focused startups, granting them access to mentors, funding, connections and resources. The Center offers physical and virtual membership options. It also houses a coworking space and prototyping facility. Since its inception in 1991, FFVC has hosted over 300 companies with a combined value of over $8 billion and has helped issue 44 patents to client companies. Current residents have raised $70 million since FFVC’s start.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh is a membership-based space promotes collaboration and peer-to-peer connection for startups. Three HQ locations in Raleigh are home to several regular networking events, lectures, chats and workshops. The network also extends to Greensboro and Charlotte.

Innovate Carolina

Innovate Carolina is the central resource for all things startup in the University of North Carolina ecosystem. You can see a visual outline of UNC’s contributions to the startup community on Innovate Carolina’s interactive Impact Dashboard.

Innovate Raleigh

Innovate Raleigh is a not-for-profit startup support organization that’s run in partnership with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Through events, ecosystem resources and a wide network of stakeholders, Innovate Raleigh is dedicated to boosting entrepreneurship in the Triangle, particularly among underserved communities.

NC Biosciences Organization

Based in Durham, the NC Biosciences Organization is a trade association that promotes research and commercialization in life science industries. Members get access to industry events and programs, and connections to legislators at the local, state and federal levels.

NC COIN

NC COIN is a network of technologists and innovators in North Carolina. The organization holds regular events and programs for its member base.

NC Community College Small Business Center Network

The North Carolina Community College System has 58 Small Business Centers in the state, from the mountains to the coast. Each center provides training, resources, government procurement services and counseling for startups and small businesses. Use this map to run a search of Small Business Centers near you.

NC Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance

The North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (or NCHICA) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and connections for members in the information technology healthcare industry.

NC Small Business Technology & Development Center

The North Carolina Small Business Technology & Development Center offers a host of resources and business development programs for local startups. Funding avenues are also available.

NC State eGarage

NC State eGarbage is a collaborative prototyping space for students who want to take their business ideas to the next level and test them in a practical setting. The facility is open to students 24/7.

NC State Office of Technology Commercialization & New Ventures

The NC State Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures offers accelerators, launch programs and inventor’s resources for university-based startups ready to protect, market and license their product.

NC TECH

NC TECH (North Carolina Technology Association) fosters growth and innovation in North Carolina’s tech sector, cultivating a network of corporations, investors, small and medium sized companies, startups, nonprofits and institutional stakeholders in the state’s innovation economy.

North Carolina Biotechnology Center

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is a central connector for the state’s university researchers, startups, job seekers and job providers within the life sciences sector. The organization, which is supported by the NC General Assembly, offers grants, business loans and awards to emerging biotech ventures. It’s headquartered in Research Triangle Park, with offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Wilmington.

Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Now up to 2,200+ member organizations, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce offers networking and workshops, promotional opportunities, business resources and leadership programs and more.

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, is a network of academics, scientists, government leaders, business executives and professionals operating in the clean energy space.

Research Triangle Regional Partnership

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership is an economic development organization serving 10 counties in central North Carolina. RTRP helps make connections for businesses looking to expand or relocate, and supports the region’s economic development offices, government agencies and businesses.

RIoT

RIoT represents a network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy-makers and entrepreneurs, all of whom have a stake in the Internet of Things industry. Companies ranging from startups to international heavyweights meet frequently to exchange ideas, to learn new technologies and to create new opportunities. More coverage here.

TiE Carolinas

Based in Morrisville, TiE Carolinas is a not-for-profit organization that provides mentoring, education, networking, funding and incubation for startups in the Carolinas. The organization is part of a global network that spans more than 60 chapters.

Wake Tech Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Wake Tech Entrepreneurship Initiatives promotes entrepreneurialism as a way of thinking and being, as well as a process for creating new business and social ventures. They design and implement intensive courses and programs for business owners and entrepreneurs that include LaunchMyCity, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Advantage (VEA) program, and StartUP@WakeTech, a program that matches entrepreneurs with Wake Tech classes for mutual benefit. In collaboration with the Wake Tech Small Business Center, they also provide information that current and prospective business owners need for expanding or starting a small business.

WeWork Labs

Recently expanded to Durham, WeWork Labs is for-pay startup membership program that offers mentor connections and programming across the coworking giant’s global network. Founders also get access to the benefits of a full WeWork membership. More TechWire coverage here.

Women in Bio RTP

Women In Bio is a membership organization made up of thousands of professionals who are committed to promoting careers, leadership and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences sector. The national organization has a RTP chapter that meets regularly throughout the Triangle.