Anchored by companies including IBM, Delta Products, NetApp and Cisco, the Research Triangle Park has earned global prominence for advancements in information technology. The area’s talent core, proximity to top universities and history of success has continued to draw a stream of new contributors.
In spite of the challenging economy, many RTP-based IT companies have continued to expand, including NetApp, which has added employees annually since its arrival in the Triangle in 1999. State leaders have also elevated North Carolina’s capacity for high-tech development through the continued expansion of the advanced broadband telecommunications network and other infrastructure critical to the growth of the IT and telecommunications sectors.
Local institutions advancing the growth of the IT and telecommunications industries
MCNC, is a 30-year-old organization using advanced networking to improve learning and collaboration throughout the state’s education systems. In 2009, MCNC teamed up with the state and private sector to connect all of the state’s 115 public school districts to a statewide regional optical network.
N.C. Technology Association (NCTA)
The NCTA connects business and technology leaders to opportunities for continuing education, networking and other tools for professional growth. The group also works to advance public support to grow North Carolina’s tech industries. In recent years, the group’s efforts have won tax credits for emerging companies, increases in government funding for educational technology and funding for defense and security technology initiatives throughout the state.
Renaissance Computing Institute
RENCI was founded in 2004 as collaborative venture between the state of North Carolina, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University. The institute develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations.
Small Business and Technology Development Center
The center has helped more than 10,000 small businesses access resources such as financial assistance, financial analysis, management advice and marketing assistance to improve performance and increase revenues.
Workforce & Education
Institute for Next Generation IT Systems
This membership-based cooperative research center is actually a collaboration between two of the Triangle’s most outstanding educational institutions, N.C. State University and Duke University. The research goal is to create concepts, methods and tools for use in the analysis, design and implementation of advanced computer and communication systems that have both industrial and academic relevance.
Department of Computer Science
The department excels in research, teaching, and learning in computer science, and engages with the broader community at Duke and in the Research Triangle Park to impact progress in computing and information technology. The department is at the forefront of national research in many strategic areas of computer science.
N.C. State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is dedicated to the accumulation, generation, and dissemination of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering. The department acts as a statewide focal point for development, growth and entrepreneurship. The national and international reputation of the department also facilitates future growth in areas of fundamental economic importance to the state.
N.C. Central University
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers degrees in mathematics and in computer and information sciences. Programs may be tailored to provide preparation for graduate study, employment in industry or government, and licensure for secondary school teaching. Other programs provide preparation in applications/mathematical programming, and a certificate in computer programming.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Department of Computer Science
The university has top-ranked computer science programs for both undergraduates and graduate students, as well as for professionals seeking to advance their careers within their companies or prepare for new opportunities.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College offers a degree in Computer Information Technology that offers in computer systems terminology and operations, logic, operating systems, database, data communications, networking, hardware and troubleshooting, graphics, multimedia, web design, and office applications support.
Funding & Incentives
Angel investors, venture capital firms and other funds that have supported the growth of RTP-based information technology companies
Inception Micro Angel Fund (IMAF)
IMAF is a member-managed, seed-stage, angel capital fund model designed to capitalize on the growth in entrepreneurial activity and venture financing. The group works primarily, but not exclusively, in North Carolina. The group will soon launch a fund specifically for Triangle region projects, including spin outs from Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and their medical schools, as well as N.C. Central and N.C. State universities.
Piedmont Angel Network (PAN)
This Greensboro, N.C.-based angel investor focuses on early-stage undertakings, with an emphasis on high-growth life science and technology companies.
Southern Capitol Ventures
Raleigh-based Southern Capitol Ventures provides capital and strategic guidance to technology companies specializing in software, e-commerce, digital media, mobile and healthcare information technology.