The Frontier at RTP

Welcome to Your Endless Frontier

Research Triangle, NC – Thursday, January 15, 2015 saw the launch of The Frontier at RTP Park Center. Hundreds were in attendance to see the new facility and hear about the promise of this huge new addition to the entrepreneurship and innovation efforts in North Carolina.

What is The Frontier?

The Frontier is a 142,000-square-foot building in the Park Center portion of RTP. It is a mix of offices, co-working spaces and free meeting areas.

The Frontier is designed to create a collaborative “open innovation” environment – Bob Geolas, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation

With the opening of the Frontier, RTP begins the development of the higher density mixed-use regions of the park to make sure RTP is ready for the next 50 years. This is reported to be the largest innovation center in the country!

RTP was created to belong to all the citizens of North Carolina and we now have a new hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in North Carolina.

This is just the beginning of what’s to come at Park Center, and it’s the community’s to use long after today is over. Come back any time!


Here are some pictures from the event which was followed by the acclaimed RTP180 series talks:

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The Frontier at RTP Park Center

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RTP180 at The Frontier at RTP Park Center

Emerging Tech Hub - Raleigh, NC - Picture by James Willamore

Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?


I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.

Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons

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1 Million Cups in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC –

What is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups is a Kauffman Labs program for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. It takes place in 17 cities around the country every Wednesday from 9 – 10 am. Each week, 1MC offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to describe themselves and their ventures in 6 minutes, followed by a 20 minute conversation with an audience of fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, and mentors.

We are fortunate to have this program in the Triangle. To get to the nearest cities that host a 1 Million Cups program, you have to go either to DC, Chattanooga or Orlando.

1 Million Cups in the Triangle

The 1 Million Cups programs in the Triangle are scheduled every Wednesday from 9-10 A.M. and alternate between the RTP Headquarters and Launch Chapel Hill.  Put Wednesday mornings on your schedule to share some coffee, find out about some interesting new ventures and network with some interesting entrepreneurs in the Triangle area.

To find out where 1 Million Cups will be meeting in the coming weeks, you can check the following websites:

Looking at the schedule, January 8th should be at Launch Chapel Hill.

Previous Tech Tank Articles on 1 Million Cups

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RTP180° for 2014

Research Triangle, NC – Erin Monday, the Communications Director for the Research Triangle Park Foundation, has put together another great line-up for the regionally acclaimed RTP 180° series. In 2014, RTP 180° will have a regularly scheduled date of the 3rd Thursday of the month, so you can mark your calendar now so you won’t miss any of these great high energy networking events.

RTP 180° Schedule for 2014

  • Jan 16: The Future
  • Feb 20: Searching for Cures
  • March 20: Biotechnology
  • April 17: Entrepreneurship: Facing Failure
  • May 15: Social Media
  • June 19: It’s Pharmaceutical Time
  • July 17: Art in the Triangle
  • Aug 21: Big Data
  • Sept 18: Health 2.0
  • Oct 16: Haunted NC II
  • Nov 20: Culture of Carolina
  • Dec 18: A Generosity of Spirit

An added bonus: Registration is open for the Jan 16th RTP 180°

Previous Tech Tank Articles on RTP 180°

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Dashboard 2030

Research Triangle, NC – RTI International announced yesterday the release of Dashboard 2030, an online tool to track North Carolina’s progress in economic development, business climate and job growth..

About Dashboard

Dashboard 2030 informs dialogue and catalyzes action to address North Carolina’s economic development challenges and opportunities. It provides independent and objective data on leading indicators of state and business competitiveness. It was created by RTI International and funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, to track progress toward North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future.

Dashboard 2013 Design

The guiding principals for development of Dashboard 2013 are:

  • Independence
  • Objectivity
  • Transparency

RTI International was selected for objectivity and independence.  Transparency: The data is provided so that individuals can understand the indicators and perform additional analysis if they want.

A Useful Tool

We hope that this tool will be valuable for policy formation in North Carolina.  Check out Dashboard 2030 and let us know what you think.

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1 Million Cups in the Triangle

Research Triangle, NC – Every Wednesday morning in the Triangle, 2 local start-ups present to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and fellow entrepreneurs. The program meetings alternate between the LaUNCh Chapel Hill business incubator and the RTP Headquarters.

What is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

The 1 Million Cups program is a collaboration of and the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups can be found in 13 cities with Orlando joining on September 11. RTP/Chapel Hill is the only location in North Carolina for this engaging program.

Have you been to a 1 Million Cups program? What do you think about this entrepreneurship promotion program?

Visit the Chapel Hill / RTP 1 Million Cups Website for details about who will be presenting in the coming weeks.

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Triangle Open Data Day Launched

RTP, NC – Technology Tank has launched the Website for Triangle Open Data Day. Mark your calendars for February 22-23, 2014. Triangle Open Data Day is in support of the annual International Open Data Hackathon expected to be on February 22, 2014.

What is the International Open Data Hackathon?

It’s a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

International Open Data Hackathon is a creation of the Open Knowledge Foundation, the first held in 2010. Cary, NC joined the international event last year with the very successful Cary Open Data Day. [News: Pre-Event, Post Event]

Why Change from Cary to Triangle Open Data Day?

Cary is a part of a the vibrant Technology Ecosystem that is the Triangle, so the name change to encompass the whole Triangle is natural. Our local Wiki was initially launched as Triangle Wiki. Even the local CityCamp, initially branded Raleigh, has become more encompassing with the latest edition of this event named CityCamp NC.

Who Should go to Triangle Open Data Day?

  • Developers
  • Designers
  • Policy Wonks
  • Data Analysts/Statisticians
  • Librarians
  • Citizens

How do I Register?

Registration is not open yet. We wanted to get the information out early so you can hold the date for this important event. There are many details still to be worked out, so keep visiting the Triangle Open Data Day Website. When registration is open we will post the news here on Tech Tank.

Lots of information can be found on the Triangle Open Data Day Website.

Registration Information

Disclosure: Triangle Open Data Day is a production of Tech Tank.

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RTP 180°: ENERGY! – August 27

Research Triangle, NC – As we mentioned in our Upcoming Tech Events – Aug ’13 Edition article, the theme for the RTP 180° event had not been selected. That has now changed.

RTP 180°: ENERGY! – Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) in RTP, NC.

RTP 180°” is a monthly, thematic event series here at RTP HQ that celebrates the collaboration between the Triangle’s universities, companies and communities.

Vikram Rao, Executive Director of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (RTEC) is the keynote speaker. Dr. Rao joined RTEC in 2008 after spending 9 years with Halliburton and another 25 with predecessor companies. Make sure you register as this will be another in a great series of events at RTP.

Note: We had originally reported the event for August 28, so please note this change.

RTP 180° also has dates and themes listed for the next few events, so put these on your calendar so you don’t miss out on these fun events.

  • Sept 24: Open Source All The Things
  • Oct 23: Haunted NC
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RTP Archie – Share Your Ideas

Research Triangle, NC – RTP ARCHIE: Come Share Your Big Ideas for RTP – Friday, July 19, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT) in RTP, NC.

We invite you to join us at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters to continue the conversation from the Reimagine NC Pathways to Opportunity Tour. As the redevelopment of your Park moves forward, we’d like to gain your input and give you an update on our progress.

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RTP 180° returns in May

RTP, NC – RTP 180° returns on May 22, 2013 with Marketing in the Triangle – from 6:00 – 9:00 PM (EST). Marketing in the Triangle is a collaboration between RTP, TIMA, TriAMA and AIGA.

The last 2 RTP 180° events (Entrepreneurship in the Triangle and Weird Science) were great and sold out quickly.  Good venue, connections, refreshments and talks.

Check out the RTP YouTube channel for videos from the last RTP 180° events if you want to see what you are missing.