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Podcasts, tips, recommendations, market data and other resources for beginning entrepreneurs in the Triangle:

A Look Inside Entrepreneurship at NC State

NC State Entrepreneurship’s 2018 annual report showcases the new and successful innovations being launched around the university.

Best Lawyers for Startups

Red Rocket Ventures’ list of Raleigh-Durham’s Best Lawyers for Startups outlines the law professionals who have expertise in the startup space.

By the Numbers: Duke Startup Impact

Check out this interesting infographic with stats about Duke’s startup activity and impact. The data reflects the number of inventions, agreements and new startups coming out of Duke University.

CED Innovators Report

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Innovators Report provides an overview of North Carolina’s innovation economy. It includes the latest data on funding, deal flow and exits. More coverage here.

CED Newsletter

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s bi-monthly newsletter is a great way to stay updated on the latest news, events, resources and programs within the Triangle’s startup ecosystem. You can sign up on CED’s homepage and check out previous blog posts here.

Cool Things Made by Triangle Entrepreneurs

Here’s a roundup of more than 30 startup books, video series and podcasts produced in the Triangle.

Duke Startup Resources

Duke University’s Office of Licensing and Ventures has a handy list of internal startup resources within the university. Check it out here.

Duke Startup Scene Map

Duke Innovation & Entreprepreneurship (I&E) has an interactive map of all startup activity throughout the university’s campus and in downtown Durham.

DIG SOUTH Newsletter

DIG SOUTH’s biweekly newsletter summarizes the latest happenings across the major Southeastern U.S. tech hubs, including the Triangle. You can sign up on DIG SOUTH’s homepage.

EntreDot Vlog

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.


Funding Opportunities for Cleantech Startups

Dave Kirkpatrick, managing director of Durham-based SJF Ventures, put together a helpful list of national funding opportunities for clean energy startups. It includes everything from non-dilutive grants and government support to startup labs and incubators to VC firms. Check it out here.

Innovate Carolina's 'Start A Venture' Tool

Innovate Carolina has created an interactive list of UNC startup resources. You can filter resources by category and interest to see what programs are right for you.

Investment Crowdfunding in North Carolina

INVESTinNC has put together a helpful guide on how businesses can take advantage of North Carolina’s investment crowdfunding opportunities. Check it out here.

Is Your Company Investable?

In this two-part blog post, CED Director of Entrepreneurship Jay Bigelow lays out the reasons why investors decline startup pitches and how founders can make their company more “investable.” Read part I and part II.

Joe Procopio's Blog

Joe Procopio is a serial entrepreneur with a 20+ year track record in the Triangle. After multiple exits, including ExitEvent (2014) and Automated Insights (2015), he’s now a full-time executive with Durham startup Spiffy and he writes a twice-weekly blog. The posts are real-time, real-world startup advice pulled from his current position, his roles advising startups and questions that come in through his website.

Map of Raleigh Startups

The City of Raleigh’s Startup Map is an interactive visual overview of the city’s startup ecosystem. It also shows which startups are hiring and which startups are raising money.

NCBiotech Resources

  • 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.

NC Department of Commerce Resources

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.

On the Heels of Innovation Podcast

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’s Department of City Planning, Raleigh4U 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.

Research Triangle Region: Your Destination for Growth

Check out this video from the Research Triangle Regional Partnership about how the Triangle is a hot destination for business:

RIoT Underground Podcast

The RIoT Underground podcast features innovators who are bringing disruptive technology to market. You can subscribe on Google Play or Apple Podcasts.

RTP Directory and Map

The Research Triangle Park directory and map is an overview of the 275+ companies and institutions based in RTP.

SBTDC's Accelerate Blog

Accelerate is a blog and newsletter produced by the Small Business and Technology Development Center. The content is tailored for CEOs and executives at mid-sized companies. Topics cover everything from HR advice to leadership strategies.

Startup Planning Templates from Raleigh SCORE

Founders seeking financial planning resources should check out Raleigh SCORE’s helpful monthly cash flow template and business plan template.

State of the Region Address

2019 State of the Region address, delivered by RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder, lays out the progress, opportunities and threats facing the Triangle this year.

State of Technology Industry Report

This annual report, produced by NC TECH, is a comprehensive source of data and trends demonstrating the vibrancy of North Carolina’s tech sector.

Tech on Tap Podcast

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.

Tech on Tap Conversation: Luke Marshall, CEO, VitalFlo

The Jason & Scot Show

In this podcast, Triangle entrepreneur Scot Wingo of Spiffy and Channel Advisor, with co-host Jason Goldberg of SapientRazorfish, unpack the latest news and trends in ecommerce and retail.

Tips from American Underground

American Underground’s blog features helpful advice and recommendations for startup founders. Some recent topics include tips for hiring new managers, copyrighting and brand storytelling.

Triangle Region Profile

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership produced a comprehensive report that showcases the Triangle’s strengths in economic development, innovation, talent, capital and other areas of growth. You can download the PDF here.

Triangle Small Business Week Resources

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.

Triangle 'Tweener' List

Scot Wingo’s annually updated “Tweener” list of promising companies. Check out the latest edition if you want to get your feet wet in startup without taking the plunge yourself. More TechWire coverage here.

Video Library: NC IDEA Seminars

NC IDEA hosted a weekly seminar series running through the summer of 2019. They’ve uploaded footage from each session to an online video library for all to see. Here’s the collection.

Wake County Economic Development Resources

Wake County Economic Development’s website offers a host of business resources including information about the Triangle’s largest industries, demographics statistics, workforce development data and more useful tools for businesses and investors.

Why Raleigh Is the Tech Industry's Best Kept Secret

This piece from Inc. Magazine covers North Carolina’s positioning as a “bustling epicenter” for tech startups, talent and culture.

1789 Hub's List of UNC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Clubs

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.

24 Hours with Startups in Raleigh, NC

A guide to finding capital, coworking and community in the city, written by Atlanta VC Lisa Calhoun.

20 Cartoons Inspired by Triangle Entrepreneurs

Get to know some local faces in startup through this series of 20 cartoons inspired by Triangle entrepreneurs, created by Chris Lysy, a content design/digital marketing expert who works out of RTP’s co-working space The Frontier.