The sentiment is heard loud and clear at local events. Investors and entrepreneurs—most local, some not—believe that the Research Triangle is becoming a premier startup hub not only in the Southeast, but nationally and globally. 

Next month, a handful of Triangle startups will have the chance to prove that point, representing the region in two premier pitch competitions. 

36|86 — Triangle Trio takes on Nashville 

Three local startups will head to Nashville June 6-7 for the 36|86 pitch competition, which features 36 top startups from across the Southeast. 
How It Works 
The recently-completed 36|86 Southern Series was made up of three smaller April events in Birmingham (Ala.), Atlanta and Raleigh. At each event, four regional winners were selected for a bid to the larger 36|86 competition. Along with those 12 startups, 24 additional competitors were chosen from throughout the Southeast. 
The Prize 
For the winner: $50K in prize money 
For the field: Large audience of investors and media members from throughout the country. 
Local Representatives 
RocketBolt (Durham) — Southern Series regional winner. RocketBolt is an automated sales assistant that measures engagement levels on websites to determine likely customers, and then offer ways to contact those customers. Its a portfolio company of The Startup Factory and the national Dorm Room Fund (affiliated with First Round Capital). 

The Field 
70 startups from around the world grouped into seven clusters: Education, Energy/Sustainability, Food, Health, Money, Security and Smart Cities.
The Event 
Hosted by Washington D.C. incubator 1776, which houses startups that operate within highly regulated industries and puts on events that bring together entrepreneurs, corporations and legislators. The event runs June 7-10, with an opening keynote on Tuesday (June 7th) followed by three nights of pitches and post-competition receptions. Here’s the full schedule.