During the last 30 years, growth in Raleigh, and the surrounding Research Triangle Region, has consistently and significantly outpaced the nation. Fueled by an impressive mix of education, ingenuity and collaboration, North Carolina’s capital city has become an internationally recognized leader in life science and technology innovation. It also happens to be a really nice place to live.
We built this map to help build connections in Raleigh’s growing startup community. Raleigh has transformed over the last few years into a city that fosters innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship and this map sets out to showcase that transformation. From Technology and Life Sciences, to Design and Consumer Products, Raleigh is expanding quickly across a wide variety of sectors.
Whether you want to explore an industry as a whole, find a specific company, or join the team of one of our growing startups, this map is for you.
Want to know where to start? Here’s a few ways you can use this map:
Add your company. This map is designed to showcase our product-based startups and growth companies. Don’t see your company currently listed? Keep our map fresh and submit your information.
Find a job. Love to collaborate and create? We're always looking for people to join our innovation community. Use this map to see which of our emerging companies are currently hiring.
Explore your surroundings. Discover everything your neighbors and community have to offer.
"We see Raleigh as a strategic advantage"
James M. Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, explains why, after an analysis of several cities, Raleigh was selected for the company’s headquarters. He describes the City as providing an excellent quality of life, including easy commutes to downtown, low cost of living, abundant educational opportunities, and fantastic local talent. James also discusses Raleigh’s business culture, noting that Red Hat benefits from being in a place where other entrepreneurial companies are located. He says that Raleigh “has a ton of momentum” as felt when walking down the streets, dining in restaurants, and talking to other business leaders who are considering locating here.
"People want to work and live in Raleigh"
“Our goal is to be a large company but still feel like a small company, and that is one of the things you can accomplish in a place like Raleigh” – Scott Mahoney, CEO, Peter Millar. Scott explains why Raleigh is an ideal location for Peter Millar’s headquarters. The company, which has hired more than 100 new employees since 2009, has seen tremendous growth. When asked about recruiting talented professionals, he says his company doesn’t have to look very far. There is a large pool of very talented people in this area. Scott believes that Raleigh provides an excellent quality of life, which makes his employees want to stay!
"Raleigh is on the map"
In our new video series, Why Raleigh Works, local business leaders tell us why Raleigh topped their list of places to start or expand their business. “We are able to operate with equal or greater talent supply at a fraction of the cost” – Justin Miller, CEO & Co-Founder of WedPics, explains why his photo-sharing business is thriving in Raleigh. Justin shares his story of why Raleigh is an efficient place to conduct his business, and adds that Raleigh cares about the small companies just as much as the larger ones. He also credits Raleigh’s low cost of living and abundance of things to do with keeping talented people in the area.
A new Business Resource Guide is available now for all those who need information about starting a new business.
"Small businesses are key to Raleigh's economy, I know first-hand how challenging starting a new business can be. This guide provides the information small business owners need to help make starting or growing their business a success."
- Mayor Nancy McFarlane
Shop Local Raleigh is all about promoting and supporting locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s about making your hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, and helping to preserve the unique character of Raleigh. As local economist Dr. Michael Walden puts it...
“buying local can be a ‘win-win’ for the retailer and for the economy at large.”