2018 Best Tech Startups in Raleigh

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Raleigh, North Carolina. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. PrecisionHawk


Founded: 2011

“PrecisionHawk is a global leader in developing and integrating commercial drone technology. With market analysts expecting businesses to spend $13 billion on drones over the next three years, we are focused on the opportunity ahead!

From farming to disaster response, PrecisionHawk is using aerial technology to drive innovation by improving efficiency, increasing safety, generating additional revenue, and ultimately changing the way businesses view their assets and manage resources.

With operations across six continents, our mission is to provide a complete platform (flight, mapping, tracking and analysis) for businesses to fly and analyze data using advanced drone technology.

PrecisionHawk’s early success is rooted in hard work, collaboration and passion for a technology that is destined to have a major impact on our lives. But we have only scratched the surface and we’re looking for innovative minds to join our team! We’re Hiring!”

2. Pendo


Founded: 2013

“Pendo is a product experience platform that helps product teams deliver software users love.

Pendo provides insights from product usage patterns and user sentiment for making better product decisions. From these same insights, you can easily set up in-app messages, guides and walkthroughs to help users get the most value from your products.

Pendo was listed in LinkedIn’s Top 50 Startups in 2017.”

3. Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless

Founded: 2011

“Recognized as the winner of PC Magazine’s Annual Reader’s Choice Award, the top pre-paid service provider by Consumer Reports and named ‘Disruptor of the Year’ by Entrepreneur Magazine, Republic Wireless is on a mission to create smartphone service as it should be.

Republic Wireless, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is spearheading a wireless freedom movement to return value and control of the smartphone experience to members by leveraging the power of both WiFi and cellular networks. Our service takes WiFi calling to the next level with Adaptive Coverage™ – enabled with Bonded Calling™ – by using WiFi in the home, office, or anywhere else as the primary network for calls, texts, and data. When outside of WiFi coverage, the smartphone works just like a typical smartphone on the cellular networks of national GSM and CDMA carriers.

Republic Wireless belongs to the people who use it. In short, we’re “WiFi people,”​ we have a radical passion for developing new technology, and we believe customer relationships are built on hard work, good product, and trust.”

4. 6fusion


Founded: 2008

“6fusion is standardizing the economic measurement of IT infrastructure, bringing together a global marketplace for buyers and sellers of IT infrastructure. 6fusion enables organizations to normalize IT infrastructure usage data to get a clear view of utilization rates, consumption patterns, and cost efficiencies.

The Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) creates a standardized unit of measurement that turns IT infrastructure into a utility greatly simplifying consumption allocation reporting and chargeback while also creating an apples to apples comparison allowing users to make effective cloud allocation and infrastructure investment decisions.”

5. Dropsource


Founded: 2013

“Dropsource® is the next-level mobile app development platform. With Dropsource you can visually create very powerful, data-driven and truly native mobile apps without writing any code. We provide you with high quality and lean Swift and Java source code, for iOS and Android respectively.

Dropsource substantially reduces the time to market for users and enterprises who need to innovate quickly, prototype rapidly, build and publish powerful apps to their customers, partners, or other users. We do this unlike all other solutions, through a combination of visual app design and automated native code generation, eliminating the requirement for manual coding while still providing lean, editable native source code.”

6. K4Connect


Founded: 2013

“K4Connect creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities, enhancing lives by integrating the latest in smart technologies into a single responsive system. Our products enable smarter living environments and healthier lives, while fostering family and community engagement. At K4Connect we believe technology should be purposeful, person-centered and harmonious.

Our first product is K4Community, is a groundbreaking amenity for Senior Living Communities designed to make residents’ lives simpler, healthier and happier, while providing operators the insights and analytics needed to provide world-class care, unprecedented hospitality and operational excellence.

Future products include K4HomeCare and K4Home, both designed for those living in their own homes.

Stay tuned…”

7. Axial Exchange

Axial Exchange

Founded: 2009

“Founded in 2009, Axial Exchange delivers a remote patient/population health monitoring and communications platform. The platform plays a key role in detecting complications early and in between provider encounters. It arms patient care teams with real time, trending patient health and behavior data. Axial Exchange also helps increase patients’ understating of their personal “health journey” and empowers them to participate in their own healthcare. As a result, Axial Exchange helps healthcare providers improve patient outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs through early intervention, optimized care and reduced admission/re-admissions.”

8. LearnPlatform


Founded: 2014

“LearnPlatform equips administrators to easily find, buy, manage and analyze their education technology, ensuring learning ecosystems are safe and cost-effective, and drive the best results for students. The SaaS edtech system of record allows education organizations to effectively organize and inventory digital learning tools, ensure regulatory compliance, and measure outcomes to gain meaningful, actionable evidence for instructional, operational and financial decisions. K-12 districts, higher ed institutions and state education agencies use the research-based LearnPlatform to continuously improve standards of practice that drive blended and personalized learning at scale, increase student achievement and expand equitable access to education technologies.

Lea(R)n’s B Corp team of educators, researchers and technologists is committed to delivering dynamic solutions through LearnPlatform, IMPACT Analysis, and expert professional development, tailored consultation and white-glove implementation services to make results matter.”

9. Stealz, Inc.

Stealz, Inc.

Founded: 2012

“Stealz is a dynamic customer engagement tool that helps businesses turn their guests into brand ambassadors.

Our mobile app drives C2C marketing by enabling & encouraging users to share photos of their favorite experiences on social media during their visit. It also serves as a platform for guests to leave candid feedback about their experience through personalized, user-centric mobile surveys. All feedback is actionable & allows businesses to directly contact a guest about their visit. Businesses also enjoy access to a host of detailed customer data analytics & app activity metrics on a robust Dashboard.

What’s in it for our app users? Stealz rewards customers with exclusive rewards / VIP perks for completing a variety of inherently social activities: sharing photos on social media, playing a unique game, following a business on Twitter, referring friends to a business, and/or leaving feedback about their visit.

Stealz currently works with over 1000 venues in 20+ markets across the Southeast US. The Stealz app is FREE to download on iPhone & Android.”

10. Canopy Lawn Care

canopy lawn care

Founded: 2014

“Canopy is the easiest way to maintain your home. We provide instant quotes for routine maintenance services, centralized customer service and management, top handpicked service providers, and a 100% guarantee. We combine deep industry expertise with deep technology to simplify a complex part of life. We are launching new markets and hope to serve you soon!

Our investors include incredible companies and individuals such as: Lowe’s, Great Oaks, Idea Fund Partners, Cofounder’s Capital, and Sovereign’s Capital. We are hiring and would love to hear from you!”