Thanks to Our Partners

These individuals and organizations believe deeply in the power of entrepreneurship to create economic prosperity for our community and beyond.


"It’s so important that we recognize and leverage our strengths as we work to realize the promise of a stronger North Carolina – a North Carolina where all residents have the option to further their education, realize their fullest potential, and apply their many talents in our state’s workforce."

- MC Belk Pilon, John M. Belk Endowment Board Chair


“Startup ecosystems aren’t just about business, the people that participate build businesses that build community by giving us spaces to gather, eat, drink, have fun, and sometimes bring a disruptive new model or product to market. Big business employment bases need startup ecosystems to make their home interesting to new hires, too. I care about retaining and growing our population here, and building a foundation of support and connectivity for startups, small businesses, is the way to do it.”

– Luke Walling