New Podcast Series Featuring Local Entrepreneurs Headlines Triangle Startup Guide Updates
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – With regular updates to keep content fresh, WRAL TechWire’s Triangle Startup Guide offers a timely set of resources for anyone looking to start or grow a business in the Triangle area.
Today we’re back with a new resource for local entrepreneurs. The latest update is to the guide’s “Inspiration, Tips, and Other Resources” section, which lists dozens of podcasts, blogs, video series, reports, and other miscellaneous resources produced at the time. by and for entrepreneurs in the Triangle region.
We’ve added a link to last week’s ‘Podcast Marathon’, an eight-hour event held at the Earfluence Podcast Studio in US Metro Durham. (Note: Capitol Broadcasting Company, parent company of WRAL TechWire, owns American Underground)
As TechWire reporter Chantal Allam put it in an article last week, the marathon showcased a “who’s who” of the Triangle’s entrepreneurial scene. The eight-hour event hosted a series of interviews with prominent guests from the Triangle, including several local startup leaders like Donald Thompson of Walk West, Jason Caplain of Bull City Venture Partners, Johnny Hackett Jr. of Black Dollar Corp. and Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood.
A “Podcast Marathon” Featuring the Who’s Who of Triangle’s Startup Scene Launches Earfluence’s New Studio
You can watch the full event here and read more TechWire coverage here.
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, feel free to suggest it for inclusion. You can email me directly or use this contact form.
In case you missed it, check out all the updates we’ve made in 2021. And here’s a rundown of the additions from the last few weeks:
- In the VC and Angel Funding section of the guide, we’ve added Front Porch Venture Partners, a local venture capital firm founded by graduates of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. As hypopotamus recently reported, Front Porch Venture Partners follows a “hybrid” model, investing in both early-stage startups and other venture capital funds. The group’s inaugural fund invested in 14 venture capital funds and 13 startups. Its fund partners include many of the region’s top start-up investors, such as Idea Fund Partners, Hatteras Venture Partners and Cofounders Capital.
- In the “Inspiration, Tips, and Other Resources” section, we’ve added a link to the latest “State of the Region” speech delivered by Raleigh-based RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder. The annual address outlines the progress, opportunities and threats facing the Triangle during the year. This year’s edition, delivered to Raleigh Founded last week, focuses on changes in the workforce, supply chain struggles and inflation, domestic and foreign affairs and the growth of entrepreneurship.
- In the ‘Inspiration, advice and other resources’ section, we’ve added the 2021 Innovators Report from the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. The organization’s annual report provides an overview of North Carolina’s innovation economy, including the latest data on startup funding, deal flow and exits. The 2021 edition brought in a record $4.6 billion raised by 222 companies in 250 separate fundraising events, a 35% increase over the 2020 total. Technology investments accounted for 69% of deals in the year, while life sciences claimed 24%.
- In the “Competitions, Grants, and Other Funding Sources” section of the guide, we added Folla Capital, an organization that helps startups and small businesses raise capital through regulatory crowdfunding. Although Folla Capital is based in Wilmington, entrepreneurs in the Triangle and beyond can use its online platform to organize, launch and manage their crowdfunding campaign and investor relations. Folla Capital primarily focuses on raising capital for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.
More recent additions
- We’ve added E3 Durham to the ‘Accelerators and Mentoring Programs’ section of the guide. Launching this month, E3 Durham is a new program that aims to provide mentorship, capital resources, workshops and networking to entrepreneurs in underserved communities in Durham Region. National non-profit organization Forward Cities, which has a local chapter in Durham, first announced the E3 Durham program in late 2021. Supported by a Small Business Administration grant and city partnerships of Durham and County Durham, E3 Durham will begin with an outreach-focused Community Navigator pilot program, where designated “Navigators” will connect with local entrepreneurs through community events.
- In the “Inspiration, Tips, and Other Resources” section, we’ve added the new Innovation Road Trip series from Capitol B Creative Studios (a division of WRAL TechWire’s parent company, Capitol Broadcasting). The six-part video series showcases the people, organizations, businesses and programs that contribute to the state’s ever-growing community of innovation and entrepreneurship. The first season tells the stories of CRISPR gene-editing researchers, Innovate Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, based in Beaufort, CBRE Raleigh and Gig East at Wilson.
Innovation road trip
- In the “Competitions, Grants, and Other Funding Sources” section, we’ve updated the NC State University eGames pitch competition listing, adding new information about the scope of the program. eGames, which was first launched in 2009, divides student submissions into a “think” category (businesses at the idea stage) and a “do” category (startups that already have a product and clients). Judges evaluate the market feasibility, design, prototype, and other aspects of startups. Each year, the program awards approximately $100,000 to winning companies. This year’s eGames will take place on April 18.