The Research Triangle area is a hotbed of intellectual capital, life sciences companies, and entrepreneurship – in fact, a recent DataFox study found Durham, NC to be one of the top cities to found a startup in 2015. With support from incubators like American Underground, top-tier local universities and large companies,  the area boasts a thriving startup ecosystem.

From Internet of Things (IoT) startups to B2B companies to social innovations, DataFox has identified the top seven early-stage Triangle startups poised for a breakout year. We looked at pre-Series A companies founded after 2014, and ranked them by our proprietary Growth Score, a machine-learning algorithm that uses headcount, investor quality and six other factors to predict future revenue growth. Here are the 7 Research Triangle startups to watch in 2016.

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