2021 Best Tech Startups in Raleigh

Powered by CrunchbaseThe 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. Pendo


Founded: 2013

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“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.”

2. PrecisionHawk


Founded: 2011

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“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.”

3. Constellation Digital Partners

Constellation Digital Partners

Founded: 2017

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“The Constellation Digital Platform is the world’s only cloud-based suite of digital financial services dedicated solely to credit unions. We enable credit unions to finally provide the services their members desire. So credit unions have the freedom to not only survive, but thrive. To not only compete, but win.”

4. SignalPath


Founded: 2014

“SignalPath is the premier clinical trial technology partner for research sites and sponsors, focused on improving the ease and efficiency of trial execution and management. Supporting over 2,500 trials across 250 sites and 3,000 active users, SignalPath is the industry standard that addresses key pain points in the conduct of trials. To learn more about SignalPath’s site and trial solutions, please visit”

5. 10 Federal

10 Federal

Founded: 2010

“10 Federal is a commercial real estate firm that leverages technology and vertical integration to create superior risk-adjusted returns. Founded in 2010, our drive to find new methods to improve performance has enabled us to become a leader in our industries.

We offer many 3rd party services to assist in handling your asset! Multifamily management, in-house construction, financial navigation and self-storage management.

We treat everyone right – from investor clients to residents and employees. 10 Federal has the highest resident reviews in ALL of their multifamily markets as well as 4.6 out of 5 stars from it’s employees. Investors enjoy high risk-adjusted returns and superior communication and financial reporting from our accounting team.”

6. Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless

Founded: 2011

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“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.”

7. K4Connect


Founded: 2013

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“K4Connect is a mission-driven technology company that integrates the best in technology to serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities, together with the people, communities and organizations that also serve them. The company is the leading provider of enterprise technologies designed for senior living communities, benefitting residents, staff and community operators alike. K4Connect’s flagship solution, K4Community, is currently supporting thousands of residents and staff at over 800 continuing care, independent living, assisted living and memory care communities across the nation.”

8. thinQ


Founded: 2010

“thinQ is the leader in flexible, transparent, cost-effective voice and messaging communications in the cloud.

We pair our comprehensive understanding of the industry with our established history as a software company to offer a unique suite of simple to use, powerful applications that will transform the way you work.

We believe that the confluence of communications and cloud services improves lives.”

9. Pryon


Founded: 2017

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in Raleigh

“Pryon is an #AI company that connects enterprise employees to digital transformation through an #AugmentedIntelligence platform, extending their ability to find and use knowledge, drive workflows, and make better decisions from wherever they are. #EnterpriseAI #MachineLearning #NaturalLanguageProcessing #NLP #ML.”

10. Levitate


Founded: 2017

“Real Magic builds SaaS products to help make the world a more creative and entrepreneurial place. Our first product, Levitate, helps small and medium-sized businesses manage their professional relationships to take their business to the next level. You can learn more at Real Magic was founded by Jesse Lipson and some early team members from ShareFile (now part of Citrix), an award-winning business file sharing and document workflow tool that is used by millions of business people around that world.”