Our main focus is to connect entrepreneurs to three core elements to fuel their growth funding, talent, and opportunities.
Innovate Raleigh was established in 2011 by former City of Raleigh Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin and Dr. Terri Lomax, then Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development at NC State University. Innovate Raleigh quickly became a tool used to harness the robust entrepreneurial and business innovation community that had just begun to gain momentum. Important initiatives were developed from our early work, like devising the concept of HQ Raleigh and brokering a direct flight from RDU to SFO. In 2017, Innovate Raleigh entered into a strategic partnership with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. The complementary partnership aligns the Chamber's mission to build a thriving economy with Innovate Raleigh's goal to foster entrepreneurial growth.