What a whirlwind of good company, fabulous conversations, basketball, delicious food, and good times at our March Madness Open House: Where Innovation Takes Center Court™.

A HUGE thank you for participating in the action-packed day of fun. Whether you supported our pitch practice participants, listened to Dr. Mitra’s presentation on L'Oréal Research and Innovation, indulged in the fantastic food, or just soaked in the lively atmosphere, your presence made the event a slam dunk success!

Thank you to our Host Committee:
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Medix™
  • PTP
  • JWM Consulting, LLC - Climb Higher
  • Tri Properties, Inc.
  • Hutchison PLLC
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center
  • Lee & Associates, Raleigh-Durham
  • SVN® International Corp.
  • CED
  • HDR
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Davis Moore
  • BASF
  • Labcorp
  • CAST
  • Insperity
  • TCB Capital Advisors
  • Financial Directions Group, Inc.
  • Eloquent Presence Consulting

Thank you to Garey Fox, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, for sharing his delicious Tuffy's Toffee ice cream with all of us.
Thank you to the Research Triangle Park for inviting us to witness Dr. Jill Biden speak on The White House Initiative for Women’s Health Research.
Another outstanding Itineraries Science Talk at First Flight! ✈️

Cory Sanderson is VP of Technology at Sustaera leading technology and engineering development. They are developing and aiming to deploy a direct air capture of CO2 technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to reduce historical and hard to abate carbon emissions using solid sorbent and integrated resistive heating.

Sustaera is tackling a huge global problem in a tremendously creative way. Bravo!👏🏻
First Flight Venture Center hosted Frontier Nursing Case Day

Students, faculty, and staff gathered to share healthcare cases from their clinical education. Led by faculty member Michelle Lawhorn, students present lessons learned and evaluations, receiving valuable feedback from the group.

What an enriching event to have at First Flight! ✈️
NEW Propeller Cohort Starting Soon!

Propeller is a 6-week entrepreneurial design thinking program that helps founders and
entrepreneurs determine whether there is sufficient value to pursue a product or
service idea. The program helps entrepreneurs identify potential markets, develop a
path to market strategy, and learn how to communicate the value of the idea to early
stakeholders and adopters.

Scholarships Opportunities
  • Partial scholarships for AgTech Companies sponsored by NC IDEA ($500)
  • Scholarships for Raleigh-based companies from the City of Raleigh
  • Scholarships for 6 Female founders for the SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program
  • Scholarships for Defense Textiles and Wearables from the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) from the Department of Defense

Please contact Emil Runge at [email protected] or (404) 668-2136 if you have any
Please reach out to Darlene ([email protected]) and Emil ([email protected]) to learn more!
What's NEW with Hangar6?

We've updated our service offerings and launched a new website page.

Join us for our upcoming “Talking Shop” event on March 28th, 4:00-5:00 pm, with Jak Kesslring, Clinical Educator & Consultant at Eloquent Presence Consulting. 

After Talking Shop, join us for a First Flight Thirsty Thursday to enjoy complimentary beverages and light snacks.

John Kesselring, CO, MSPO, is a dynamic professional at the forefront of the biotechnology and healthcare sectors, specializing in prosthetics and orthotics, with a distinguished career spanning clinical practice, education, and consultancy. Holding a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Appalachian State University, John's foundation in medical science is robust and well-rounded. His journey began in clinical settings, where his work at leading U.S. research and clinical groups honed his skills in patient care and interdisciplinary collaboration and further transitioned to Director of Clinical Education at a major international medical device manufacturer allowing him to leverage his clinical expertise in curriculum development, business development, and strategic leadership. He is excited to share this expertise in Orthotics and Prosthetics in this session.
Join us on Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:30 am for our next Test Flight Pitch Practice.

In April, we are excited to welcome:

  • Zakiya Gilles from Breezy Cosmetics.
  • Michael Roman from OOKOS

Join us in person or via Zoom.
Flipping Homes to Carbon Negative with Plantd

What if Your Home Was Actually Fighting Climate Change? Imagine the roof, walls and floors capturing carbon dioxide - making your home carbon-negative.

Dr. Janel Ohletz shares how Plantd developed perennial grass crops for use as a carbon-capturing resource that can be processed in Plantd's innovative, small footprint manufacturing lines to create durable carbon negative building materials.
2024 F.A.S.T. SBIR/STTR Boot Camp

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2024 - Friday, May 17, 2024

LOCATION: In Person at First Flight Venture Center, 2 Davis Drive, Durham, NC 27709

35 science-focused startup companies will again be selected for a cohort to attend a 2 Day training program to receive strategic guidance matching company’s technology to appropriate agency, targeted support to submit a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR application during the 2023 calendar year and business coaching from “Startup Advisors” serial entrepreneurs, investors and SBIR grant writing experts. FAST PLUS = 21 selected companies will receive an additional 5-13 hours of 1-1 grant writing support post Boot Camp. Panel presentations will also be incorporated around how to obtain funding from the Department of Defense.

The deadline to sign up is April 19, 2024!

We're on the Lookout for a Title Sponsor.
Contact Andrea Conner to Learn More.
Becoming Investor Ready (April 9) Sign-up Here
Raleigh-Durham Startup Week 2024 (April 9-12) Sign-up Here
NCI SBIR/STTR Programs: Informational Seminar and One-on-One Meetings with NCI Staff (April 17) Sign-up Here
5th BioAgTech World Congress (April 22-26-18) Sign-up Here
MFGCON Manufacturing Conference (May 13-14) Sign-up Here
Federal and Defense Textile Summit (May 14-15) Sign-up Here
Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium (June - 11-12) Sign-up Here
NC IDEA Selects 20 Semi-Finalists from Across the State...

This cycle reflected a diverse field of applicants across geography, industry, and founder demographics," said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA. "And, half of the companies moving forward are familiar to us for having previously received a ...

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North Carolina in the Modernized Defense Industrial Ecosystem

The 2024 Wakaboomee Earth Day Gala

Eventbrite - The Wakaboomee Program 501(c)3 presents The 2024 Wakaboomee Earth Day Gala - Saturday, April 20, 2024 at City Club Raleigh, Raleigh, NC. Find event and ticket information.

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Apply to IdeaFest 2024

Apply to IdeaFest 2024 in Danville, United States. 20 Competitors, $10,000 Cash Prizes, 3 Minutes to Pitch...

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