Business, academia and government converge in the Research Triangle Region to create an innovative environment and hub for entrepreneurs.

The region's low cost of living combined with its coworking spaces, startup accelerators, networking opportunities and local industry expertise fosters an innovative startup ecosystem.

Triangle Incubators & Accelerators

Flexible Office Space

There are over 27 coworking spaces in the Triangle.
There has been 330,000 square feet of newly leased office space since 2017.
The average Class A rental rate in the Triangle is $27.
39% Below the National Average

American Underground

The Start-Up Capital of the South

The American Underground launched in 2010 on the American Tobacco Campus, North Carolina’s largest historic renovation. Today, it supports 275+ startups across four locations, includes 10,000 digital members Triangle-wide, and has been dubbed the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC. Inspired by Durham’s century-old entrepreneurial legacy, American Underground is building the counter-story to Silicon Valley– a diverse startup scene rich in innovative ideas and deep city engagement.

Main hallway at American Underground logo on the old brick walls.

Raleigh Founded

Raleigh Founded fosters inclusive communities of entrepreneurs through shared workspace creating lasting economic and social impact in the world.

Raleigh Founded creating a collaborative environment that empowers high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs to create purpose-driven businesses that leave the world better than they found it. A community of more than 150 members across multiple locations in Raleigh and more than 500 companies across the state.

HQ Raleigh indoor space with various professionals working and hanging out.

Frontier RTP

In the heart of Research Triangle Park, The Frontier campus offers creative work spaces for nearly 100 businesses and 500 employees. Frontier RTP provides creative, affordable and flexible workspaces and co-working for emerging companies and entrepreneurs. Offering both indoor and outdoor environments and robust programming and networking opportunities, Frontier RTP convenes a community of doers and makers exploring new ideas and charting their path forward.

Main coworking space at Frontier RTP. A wide open space with various tables and chairs and other amenities.

From 100 square-foot offices to 100,000+ square-foot office buildings, there is something for everyone at The Frontier.

  • The only free co-working space in North Carolina
  • Flexible, affordable lab and office space for startups
  • Home to more than 100 growing companies
  • Provides educational resources, fitness classes and networking opportunities
  • Central to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

Recent Startup News

Aiming to help keep women in workforce, Durham female exec’s startup lands investors

January 6, 2021
DURHAM – In the wake of the pandemic, a women-led startup aimed at keeping women in the workforce is taking off. Durham-based Allobee connects business owners nationwide to a vetted workforce of “experienced, professional women who have left the traditional nine to five.” Since its official launch in May, its founder and CEO Brooke Markevicius says traffic to the platform has […]

Autonomous vehicle tech startup Sense Photonics raises another $6M under new CEO

November 11, 2020
DURHAM – Investors continue to flock to Durham startup Sense Photonics, a developer of technology for use in autonomous vehicles and under the direction of new CEO Shauna McIntyre. Sense has added another $6 million in funding to a round launched two years ago, according to an SEC filing. The new cash – all in equity – raises […]

Startup Spotlight: Oval Park Capital emerges from stealth, plans $25M fund

November 9, 2020
Editor’s note: Every week as part of our Startup Monday package we include a special feature focusing on an emerging company or funding resources. Today Allan Maurer profiles Oval Park Capital.  RALEIGH – Good news for startups: Oval Park Capital (OPC) has emerged from “under the radar” after banking the first $4.5 million of its investment fund targeted […]