first flight venture center

Develop. Launch. Succeed.

First Flight Venture Center™ is North Carolina’s original science, technology, and business incubator. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle Park, we support the launch of bioscience, life science, medical device, and information technology companies by providing the tailored resources, guidance, and connections required for sustained commercial success.



Way more than office space.

First Flight isn’t a real estate company with long term leases. We’re a non-profit with a mission to help you develop your idea, create your prototype, secure grants, launch your business, and in doing so, we create jobs and grow the economy of North Carolina.

Our focus is on creating the support you need, not square foot pricing or occupancy rates. Our spaces are affordable and customizable—wet labs, offices, power drops, sinks—whatever you need. And our flexible leases evolve with you.

25,000 square feet of configurable space

  • 50 offices

  • 17 WET lab spaces

  • 4 conference rooms

  • On-site prototyping facility: Hangar6 (link)

  • 35-40 resident companies

  • co-working SPACES

  • Social & Educational programs


Our Services: customized and available when you need them

First Flight provides services and expert resources designed to meet the needs of first-time entrepreneurs as they transition from lab to market that gives serial entrepreneurs the scaffolding needed for their next launch.

Access our premier programs

LiftOff™: Grant funding assistance

DRIVe™: Assistance for grants focused on health security threats

Hangar6: On-site, fast prototyping and equipment training

Navigators: Executives-in-residence program

A wide variety of seminars and webinars to increase your success


Our community supports your work.

Our community is an inspiring mix of start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, advisors and alumni. A collaborative spirit is part of our makeup, so you’ll have plenty of resources willing to share, advise or just talk.


Support our work.

First Flight is a non-profit. We get no federal or state funding for daily operations. Our residents benefit from the expertise and services of a community comprised of corporate service providers for early stage companies, foundations, and individual donors. With our generous supporters, we’re able to meet the ongoing needs of our startups. You can support our mission to advance game-changing technologies and create jobs with donations of time, equipment, resources, and financial gifts.




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