Innovate Raleigh

Raleigh, NC


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.

Who is this for?

Entrepreneurs in Raleigh that need to connect with investors and mentors to grow their business.

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What problem does it solve?

Entrepreneurs can find it difficult to find people to help them. Without the help of investors and mentors, it can be difficult for them to start their business.

How does it help?

Innovate Raleigh will hold networking events along with connecting entrepreneurs directly to investors and mentors who are willing to help with their businesses.