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“There is simply no better place in the country for a life science company to make it to the marketplace, than at FFVC.” 

Heidi Kay, CEO, Jericho Sciences

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What we offer: A proven path to success.

First Flight Venture Center is a science and technology-based business incubator dedicated to helping innovators develop their products and services quickly and cost-effectively with the end game of creating sustainable business models. Start-ups and serial entrepreneurs don’t seek us out for a curated coffee bar or vintage arcade games. They come for results.

To date we’ve launched more than 350 businesses, by helping to transform an idea into a viable company.


We’re focused on your bottom line, not ours.

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We’re a private, non-profit so everything we make goes right back into developing programs and services to help you succeed. Our mission is not to make a profit from our residents, but to help grow and diversify the North Carolina economy.

First Flight is located in the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, home to a diverse community of technology-driven companies of all sizes, leading academic institutions, highly educated workers and a host of supporting services.


“FFVC has provided us with the flexibility to expand our facilities as the Company has grown. Both R&D activity as well as manufacturing of our commercial instruments and consumables are thriving under FFVC’s model.”  G.M. Pace, CEO, Cell Microsystems

“FFVC has provided us with the flexibility to expand our facilities as the Company has grown. Both R&D activity as well as manufacturing of our commercial instruments and consumables are thriving under FFVC’s model.”

G.M. Pace, CEO, Cell Microsystems

Office & Lab space in an entrepreneurial community

First Flight provides offices and labs in an environment supported by advice, shared services, and networking with like-minded innovators. First Flight accommodates 30-40 early stage science-focused businesses—all working towards the goal of graduating from the facility within 3-5 years to commercialization success.

Beyond the physical space, programs, and networking with other innovators, First Flight provides a place to experience day-in, day-out roller coaster in the life of an entrepreneur, whether a cup of coffee to drive through the low moments or a glass of champagne to celebrate when grant funding arrives.

First Flight offers:

Co-working space

Offices and Wet Laboratories

Advanced Prototyping facility

Amenities

Mentor network

Flexible lease timeframes

Programs to support grant writing

Networking with potential funding sources

Community, educational gatherings and FUN!

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WHAT they’re saying about first flight

“First Flight Venture Center is a critical resource for broad science-based companies. As a First Flight resident during two start-up companies, I got so much more than a cost-effective workspace…it’s the astute strategic advice First Flight leadership, moral support from fellow innovators in the same boat and connections to potential investors. First Flight is a unique safety net on so many levels along the precarious journey of the spark of an idea to commercialization.”

Peyton Anderson, Serial entrepreneur 

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Take a site tour

We are always interested in meeting science-based entrepreneurs. Take a moment to fill out the form below and we’ll schedule a time to visit, tour our facilities, and discuss how First Flight can help get your idea to market faster.

 

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