Triangle Startup Guide will be expanded to include new Wendell information and other current updates

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – With weekly updates to keep the content up-to-date, the Triangle Startup Guide from WRAL TechWire offers an up-to-date resource package for anyone wanting to start or expand a company in the Triangle area.

One section of the guide lists dozen of accelerator and mentoring programs that support startups in the Triangle area. The latest addition to the list is LaunchWENDELL, a new program from the City of Wendell and Wake Technical Community College aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small business owners in Wendell.

Applications for the first cohort are possible until December 1st and classes are scheduled to start in January 2022. Participants will be assigned a business mentor who will guide their business development strategy through the 10-week program.

Town of Wendell and Wake Tech cooperate on LaunchWENDELL, which is scheduled to start in 2022

Further current 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 send me an email directly or use this contact form.

Here is an overview of the additions we’ve made over the past few weeks:

  • We have added the Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund to the COVID-19 Resources section of the guide. The program makes low-interest loans of up to $ 100,000 to small businesses and nonprofits in 15 states in the southeastern region, including North Carolina. To qualify, small businesses must be affected by a pandemic-related economic disruption, have 50 or fewer full-time employees and annual sales of less than $ 5 million.
  • We have expanded our interactive map with business incubators and coworking spaces: Raleigh’s The Wright Village was originally opened in July 2020 as a coworking space for entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities to network with like-minded people. It soon became an incubator offering individual business coaching and mentoring. The space includes a communal / coworking area, shared and private offices, dedicated desks, a conference room and a podcast studio.
  • In the “Inspiration, Advice, and Other Resources” section of the guide, we’ve added links to all of the stories in our Tomorrow’s Unicorns series, which closed at the end of October. The six-part multimedia series highlights Raleigh’s most promising startups with “unicorn” potential (a term used for companies that exceed the $ 1 billion valuation mark).
  • In the “Competitions, Grants, and Other Funding” section, we’ve added Wolf Den, a popular pitch competition held each year during NC State University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. A handful of student teams present their business ventures to a jury and a live audience to win cash prizes. This year’s edition takes place on November 12th in the Duke Energy Hall in the Hunt Library.
  • In the Venture Capital and Angel Groups section, we’ve added RollingSouth – a new rolling fund from South Carolina-based angel investor group VentureSouth. The fund launched earlier this month and targets early-stage technology startups across the Southeast. The team behind it has experience investing over $ 50 million in 82 companies in 190 investment rounds.
  • In the “Inspiration, Advice, and Other Resources” section of the guide, we’ve added StartUp at Wake Tech, a new resource hub available from Wake Technical Community College. The program, which was launched last month, offers free one-on-one counseling, workshops and seminars, guides, and other content to help anyone start or grow a business.
  • In the COVID-19 resources section, we added RETOOLNC, which is relaunching applications for minority and women’s businesses affected by the pandemic. Grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 are awarded to federally certified historically unused businesses (HUBs) and disadvantaged businesses (DBE). The program started in 2020 but has recently started accepting new applications. Business owners can apply here and read more details.

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