We want the NCEC to be an information hub for North Carolina startup and entrepreneurship resources.
This resource listing is not intended to be comprehensive. If you have suggestions for additional resources, please email us. Please note however that we do reserve the right to choose the content listed on our site.
Community Support Resources
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the community serving more than 1,200 member businesses through programming designed to help them succeed and grow. A partner in the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, the Chamber also serves as Greensboro’s primary economic development organization, with special emphasis placed on community and entrepreneurial advancement through Action Greensboro and Launch Greensboro.
Triad Navigator Website
The goal of Triad Navigator is to help startups & small business owners “navigate” the many people & organizations who work together to support them. This website helps budding entrepreneurs access funding opportunities, and potential collaborations.
Launch Greensboro accelerates growth for local entrepreneurs through education, mentoring and access to capital. Providing education, inspiration, collaboration, and support for entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand their business.
SCORE: NC Piedmont Triad
SCORE NC Piedmont Triad proudly serves the 12 county Triad area of North Carolina including Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem. We are a team of volunteers with a variety of expertise to help entrepreneurs start a new business or grow an existing one. We are part of a national network of small business mentors providing free resources and education that foster thriving communities.
Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI) is an economic development organization focused on stimulating investment and activity in the center city. DGI is a non-profit entity and is led by a 24-member Board of Directors composed of volunteers representing specific stakeholders in the center city.
Greensboro Economic Development
Economic Development’s primary goals are encouraging investment in Greensboro, facilitating expansion of employment opportunities, and assisting the city’s businesses of all sizes and ages in their efforts to grow and succeed.
SERVE, Inc. offers a wide range of tailored online and educational support services for UNC Greensboro and beyond. We work with you to create custom programs and solutions optimized to meet your specific needs and outcomes, delivered across multiple platforms and formats—from multimedia support, to web and graphic design services, to full interactive educational courses for online, face to face, and hybrid learning environments.
GTCC Small Business Center
The GTCC Small Business Center (SBC) is a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises. Their goal is to provide high quality, accessible assistance to small business owners, leading to job creation and retention.
Level up your company with a hands-on weekend intensive that equips you with the tools and resources needed to start and build every part of your business. Participants build a framework to grow their business using the Lean Startup approach and test their value propositions and feasibility.
LaunchLab 101 & Growth
LaunchLab offers two paths designed to help you launch or grow your business based on where you are in the entrepreneurial process. Launch Lab 101 is a 5-week incubator to get new ideas to launch.
REAL Entrepreneurship® is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship education. REAL was born as Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning is based on the Experiential Learning Cycle.
Potential Funding Options
Piedmont Business Capital
Piedmont Business Capital (PBC) creates opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize communities in the Piedmont region of North Carolina through flexible financial products and sound advice. They envision financially strong, culturally vibrant communities where every person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, healthy food, and economic opportunities.
Piedmont Angel Network
The Piedmont Angel Network (PAN) was a series of committed capital angel funds that focus on investment opportunities in early-stage companies that present high growth opportunities. PAN’s three funds invested in 28 companies from 2002 to 2016, with a primary focus on the life science, technology, software, and advanced materials fields.
NCOLO Crowdfund NC Investment Crowdfunding
Incolo Helps Founders Raise Capital from The Crowd. Crowdfunding is no longer just the alternative to venture capital or angel investors – it’s one of the best ways to fund and grow your business. Incolo helps founders launch their providing all the secrets to a successful raise.
Our signature pitch event puts entrepreneurs and startups in front of investors and mentors, ready to provide the capital and funding needed to grow. A panel of expert judges chooses a winner in each category, and they receive both cash and in-kind services
Where we work matters. It’s about more than having the necessary tools and technology. When we feel comfortable in an inspiring environment that encourages collaboration and connection with like-minded thinkers, we thrive. Welcome to transform GSO. This is a community of entrepreneurs and innovators with a flexible and affordable coworking space in Downtown Greensboro.
MIXXER is an inclusive community makerspace that makes available resources that allow people to explore their creativity and curiosity. MIXXER is for anyone that needs a safe comfortable place to make things; whether it is an electronics project, sewing, woodworking, metalworking, if you are a lone maker, hanging out with friends, or a parent/child project. MIXXER is where you can explore your creative side and meet creative people.
Forge Greensboro is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community makerspace. It is a place where hands-on people can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, tools, and knowledge. Members of the Forge come from a diverse variety of backgrounds. Students, entrepreneurs, artisans, trade professionals, tinkerers, and hobbyists enjoy the space, community, and resources of Forge Greensboro.