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.

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

NSF Innovation Corps program includes UNC-CH, to fuel entrepreneurship, startups

September 3, 2021
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site, part of a larger effort to scale the national innovation network to rapidly advance solutions that benefit society. The I-Corps program represents a major nationally accredited designation in entrepreneurial leadership for UNC-Chapel Hill.