May 20 2021


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



RTP180: Small Business Ecosystem



Innovation. Education. Industry. These are powerful angles—and what Research Triangle Park is known for. At RTP180, speakers from our founding Universities, Park companies and the North Carolina community at-large, are called upon to speak passionately and authentically about what matters to them. The twist? They must do it in 5 minutes or less!

We ask our speakers to be intentional with their 300 seconds up on the virtual stage. What perspective of their industry are they able to share? What are their passions? What would our community be surprised to learn? What case studies in North Carolina are cutting edge?

This month, the topic is Small Business Ecosystem. A business ecosystem is the network of organizations—including suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, government agencies, and so on—involved in the delivery of a specific product or service through both competition and cooperation. The idea is that each entity in the ecosystem affects and is affected by the others, creating a constantly evolving relationship in which each entity must be flexible and adaptable in order to survive as in a biological ecosystem. You may attend this event thinking you know all there is to know about Small Business Ecosystem, but get ready to consider a different angle.

Our Experts

Brett Brenton | Forward Cities | The Aspiring Class

Bridget Harrington | Innovate Raleigh | TBD

Krista Covey | First Flight Venture Center | Triangle Topophilia

Kelly Rowell | Council for Entrepreneurial Development | Entrepreneurial Landscape and some Positive Impacts of COVID-19

Amy Bastian | NC Idea | Making Connections: Leveraging Support from the NC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Justin Minott | Provident1898 | Thinking of the Business Ecosystem as a Living Organism

Our Game Plan

Virtual doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the preshow slides. Show kicks off at 6:00 p.m., sharp!

The hashtag for this event is #RTP180. Get social with us by tagging @FrontierRTP.

Didn’t receive one of the 100 Zoom tickets? The event will be live streamed here on Facebook beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20.

Our Promise

Our team has been working behind the scenes to continue to bring RTP180 to you in the comfort of your homes. The mission of this event, telling the stories of innovations and talent in this region, remains as important as ever and the show must go on. The safety of our community is our top priority while we patiently wait to be together again soon.