Inspiration, Advice & Resources
Podcasts, tips, recommendations, market data and other resources for beginning entrepreneurs in the Triangle:
Here’s a roundup of more than 30 startup books, video series and podcasts produced in the Triangle.
Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative offers a comprehensive resource guide specifically geared towards social impact startups. The guide includes information on social entrepreneurship fellowship programs, funding opportunities, venture support, suggested reading, and more.
Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT) produces an interview podcast in which DHIT Co-Founder and President Michael Levy sits down with leaders in the digital health, life science and biotech communities to discuss the future of healthcare.
EntreDot, a mentorship program for startups and nonprofits, has developed a comprehensive collection of vlogs offering step-by-step advice to entrepreneurs. EntreDot Founder Bill Warner provides an overview of several topics relevant to founders—everything from market research and sales to technology and development to financing to HR and management. Check out the playlist here.
Wellistic, a startup based in HQ Raleigh, is building a network of wellness providers and partners where companies can get discounted rates for their employees. As a way to give back to the startup community, Wellistic makes this program free for companies with less than 25 employees (minimum of five employees). This is a helpful resource if you’re a founder of a startup or small business with a small team. More details here.
Local Thought Leaders Offer Advice
TechWire’s contributors offer startup advice:
- The NC Biotechnology Center’s company directory is a helpful tool for anyone interested in starting a life science startup in the Triangle or in North Carolina in general. It’s a good way to check out peer startups and connect with local resources.
- NCBiotech also offers free and open access to their extensive market research collection, which includes over 400 life science research reports. Check out NCBiotech’s guide to market research for more.
- Another great resource is NCBiotech’s core labs directory, which includes university-based laboratory facilities, most of which are available for use by outside companies.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce has a helpful suite of resources available for businesses and nonprofits, including a list of state grants and incentives, site search data, economic development reports, labor market analysis and more.
The North Carolina Secretary of State oversees record-keeping and registration for business entities operating in the state. The office also handles the trademark duties in North Carolina to help businesses protect their intellectual property. The Secretary of State’s website has a helpful resource guide packed with information for anyone who’s looking to launch a business in North Carolina.
This podcast, hosted by UNC Entrepreneurship Center Director Ted Zoller features the stories and insights of entrepreneurs who hustled their way to success. The program is part of the Entrepreneurs Genome Project, which involves the research of students in UNC’s Entrepreneurs Lab course. Subscribe here.
A division of Raleigh’sRaleigh4U is a go-to resource for startups in the city. It contains data on local industries and demographics, along with information about the City of Raleigh’s innovation and business development initiatives.
Check out this video from the Research Triangle Regional Partnership about how the Triangle is a hot destination for business:
Tech on Tap is a locally produced podcast by WRAL TechWire and Capitol Broadcasting Company. We invite Triangle startup and tech leaders to come on and talk shop with us every other week. Archive here.
The organizers of Triangle Small Business Week, an annual event, have set up a helpful resource package for local entrepreneurs on their website. It has contact information for local Chambers of Commerce and economic development agencies, among other resources.
This piece from Inc. Magazine covers North Carolina’s positioning as a “bustling epicenter” for tech startups, talent and culture.
This locally produced podcast features favorite quotes, business stories that teach valuable lessons and sales/marketing best practices to apply to life and work. It’s hosted by Triangle-based marketing expert Keith Washo, president of KDW Consulting President and co-founder of Startup Summit, alongside co-host Vijay Damojipurapu, author and head of product and marketing at San Francisco-based Vimana.
If you’re a UNC Chapel Hill student who wants to get more plugged in to I&E clubs on campus, this helpful list is for you.
A guide to finding capital, coworking and community in the city, written by Atlanta VC Lisa Calhoun.