July 2, 2024


First Flight's President, Krista Covey and Board Member, Dan O'Korn had an amazing opportunity to join Ryan Combs, Executive Director at Research Triangle Regional Partnership to attend the Biotech Finance Healthtech Accelerations Summit in Lyon France.

Krista had the chance to highlight the amazing work being done at FFVC in the Research Triangle Region.

Lyon is the 2nd largest region in France in regard to biotech R&D expenditures and they have 6 university hospitals, 40 public/private research institutes, and are home to over 22,000 clinical research professionals. 

Members of First Flight’s Captain’s Circle came together for a lunch and learn with Christopher Poe, an attorney with Wyrick Robbins who serves as a strategic advisor to growing businesses.

Lunch and learns are a great way for busy entrepreneurs who are always trying to squeeze more time out of a day.

We are grateful for our collaboration with Wyrick Robbins in supporting our Captain’s Circle of high science, high impact CEOs.

🎉 What a boiling good time we had at Boil, Brews & Band! 🍻🦞🎵

From the delicious food and drinks to the incredible networking, this was one ecosystem event that will go down in the books!

......And the Maverick Award and bragging rights as the 2024 Cornhole Champion goes to Kyle Smith. Congratulations to Rob Lindberg, who is our Ace Award Challenger.

Thank you to our sponsors: Hutchison PLLC, SpanSet USA, Gerresheimer Glass, Inc., PepsiCo, Bond Brothers Beer Company, HUB RTP, PTP, Research Triangle Park, Chapel Hill Solutions, ExtensisHR, CSC Leasing, and Rita's Italian Ice.

📸Check out the photos here. ⬇️


Great first session for Hangar6's Deep Tech Workshop Speaker Series. Rob Creighton nailed it! 👏🏻

We had nice turn out of attendees. Plus, Fred Hutchison was there! It was great to have him join.

Diana Little with Anumá Aerospace Corporation did an amazing job presenting at First Flight's Itineraries! 

Anuma is leveraging its successful SBIR on a path to a partial vacuum zero emission air vehicle with multiple applications! 

Thank you to Theresa Welch and Avantor for sponsoring today's Itineraries session.


First Flight Venture Center - Sara Beckloff

Sara Beckloff is a visionary executive leader with a proven track record of driving transformative change and operational excellence across diverse industries, including life science, biotechnology and biopharma. With over 15 years of experience, Sara specializes in laboratory and site development,

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Please reach out to Darlene (dbascombe@ffvcnc.org) and Emil (erunge@ffvcnc.org) to learn more!

Did you know Hangar6 was born thanks to a U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant?

This support kickstarted our journey to become a hub for innovation and advanced manufacturing.


Test Flight Pitch Practice at First Flight – 7/9, 8:30-9:30AM (HYBRID)

Test Flight is a startup community building event with the purpose of raising the bar for pitches in our region. We host it on the First Tuesday of every month. Just about every early-stage startup knows they will need to hone their pitch to potential investors, customers and other interested parties. But where can you go to practice your pitch and get better before actually asking for money? That’s why we created Test Flight!

This month we are excited to host:

  • Rob Creighton, Founder & CEO at Windlift

  • Multiple participants from Next Step Ready Reagents

Looking for a Deep Tech Workshop that provides education, equipment, resources, and an ecosystem to support you on your journey?

Look no further than First Flight's Hangar6 Deep Tech Workshop! This two-part Deep Tech Workshop is designed with founders in mind.

The speaker series will feature leaders, investors, and pioneers in the Deep Tech space sharing their unique experience, perspective and approaches to innovating within this dynamic field.

Speaker Line Up:

🔺Rob Creighton, CEO of Windlift

🔺Huade Tan, CEO of Plantd Materials

🔺Deep Tech Investor Panel


🔹Liam King, COS at 2ndF

🔹Evan Shear, Investor at Oval Park Capital

🔹Swati Chaturvedi, Co-Founder / CEO of Propelx

🔺Elif Balkas, CTO, at Wolfspeed


We are excited to announce, that Siemens has joined as a sponsor, which will allow us to offer scholarships to NC Startups for our Deep Tech Workshop!



This collaboration between First Flight and Bayer aims to accelerate novel startups focused on issues like “food security” in agriculture and crop science using scientific innovations, like CRISPR technology and other agriculture innovations. For founders, having access to strategic partners like Bayer is a game-changer for their entrepreneurial journey to success. 

Location: First Flight Venture Center (Hybrid)

Duration: An 8-week program that will run from August through September.

What We Are Looking For

We're interested in startups focused on: CRISPR technologies to develop or enhance crop species to improve food security and/or resilience.

Application Deadline: July 5th.

Don't miss this opportunity to propel your startup's journey. Apply today!

We're on the Lookout for a Title Sponsor.

2023 High Flyer Awards Luncheon


300 guests from the innovation ecosystem

2024 High Flyer Awards Luncheon

is an event not to be missed.

Contact Andrea Conner to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Email Andrea Here
First Flight Venture Center is happy to
announce that nominations for our
2024 High Flyer Awards are now open!

We are excited to celebrate individuals and Companies who have soared to new heights and made a remarkable contribution to HIGH SCIENCE, HIGH IMPACT innovation, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem as a whole.

This is your chance to recognize and honor those exceptional individuals and companies who have inspired, innovated, and achieved greatness.

Who will you nominate?
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Conductive Ventures featured Resilient Biotics in their latest article,

"The Future of Veterinary and Pet Healthcare: Learning from Human Healthcare Innovations"

Read full article here.

NC TECH Signature Events | NC TECH Award Submissions

Celebrate the best & the brightest in North Carolina tech. The NC TECH Awards Gala is your chance to network with industry leaders & top achievers. Register today.

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Defense Technology Symposium

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NSF Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (SBIR/STTR Phase I) NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Phase II (SBIR/STTR Phase II) NSF 24-582: NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Fast-Track Pilot Programs (SBIR-STTR Fast-Track) Guidance on Phase I and Phase II proposal submission timing: Project Pitch invitations issued between May 16, 2023 and September 18, 2023 will now have until September 18, 2024 to submit a full Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal.

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Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Cleantech Champion Recognizes an individual who exemplifies a deep commitment to advancing the cleantech industry in their local community, the Research Triangle region, or statewide. Achievements may include demonstrated dedication to cleantech innovation or adoption, business expansion or relocation, development of high-impact technology, or spearheading regional/cross-sectoral collaboration to drive innovation.

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