Triangle Getting Started Guide Updates: Check Out Our Latest Additions

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Every week there are updates to our exclusive Triangle Getting Started Guide. Here are the latest.

Getting Started: The latest feature in Sarah’s Starter Hub is for Frontier RTP;

More recent updates:

SixThirty Ventures has been added to the “VC & Angel Groups” section:

  • SixThirty Ventures invests in early stage startups in the fintech, insurtech, privacy and digital health markets. The St. Louis-based venture capital firm has more than 75 startups and a dozen exits in its portfolio. In August 2022, the company opened an operation in the Triangle led by Joe Darcy, former director of IDEA Fund Partners, based in Durham.

Here are the most recent additions:

  • Addition to the “Competitions, grants and other funding” section: Administered by Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)The directory Fred Morgan Kirby Award for Scaling Social Impact awards $100,000 in unrestricted funds to nonprofits and for-profit organizations working on social impact projects. The program launched in 2020 with support from the FM Kirby Foundation, a fund endowed by dime store entrepreneur Fred Morgan Kirby. The award targets companies that can show strong evidence of impact over the past three years, as well as a plan for expansion over the next three to five years.
There’s also a dedicated listing for The Wright Village in the “Incubators and Coworking Spaces” section of the Triangle Startup Guide – just scroll down the map to find it in Raleigh. All other profile topics are also listed in this section, including Loading Dock, Raleigh Founded, First Flight Venture Centetr, American Underground – with more toms coming.


Changes have been made to the section on competitions, grants and other sources of funding. Abstracts and articles of interest/relevance follow:

The launch location

  • The Launch Place recently announced that its Big Launch Challenge event will return this fall. On its website, the organization added an updated total for the amount of money the competition awarded: $174,000 to 16 companies.
  • Here is the updated version: The annual Big Launch Challenge is a chance for startups to showcase cash prizes of $15,000, as well as additional capital opportunities. The event is organized by The launch location, a Danville, Va.-based investor. The organization has expanded its presence in the Triangle market with an RTP office and several local startups in its portfolio. In nearly a decade of hosting the competition, The Launch Place has awarded $174,000 to 16 companies (as of 2022). Winners also often attract follow-on investment from The Launch Place.
  • Newsworthy: The Big Launch Challenge 2022 will take place on October 13 in Durham. The application deadline is August 29. Here are the schedule listings:

Cleantech Pole

There is a new slate for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s annual Cleantech Innovation Awards. The RTCC is now accepting nominations for this year’s program, scheduled for November. (Dates and calendar links below.) Here is the text of the getting started guide: The Cleantech Pole of the Research TriangleThe annual Cleantech Innovation Awards were launched in 2019 to celebrate the best individuals, organizations and projects at the forefront of the clean energy technology sector in the Triangle. Award categories cover areas such as entrepreneurship, research, equity and diversity, talent development, and impact on transportation, energy, water, and local government.
  • News: The Cleantech Innovation Awards 2022 will be held on November 9 in Cary. The deadline for submission is September 9. Here are the schedule lists:

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