Greater access to Google and other tech hubs across North America will spur innovation, boost local economies
“The American Underground is making great strides to ensure every entrepreneur in our network has an unparalleled opportunity to launch, grow and succeed,” said Adam Klein, chief strategist, American Underground. “Being selected as a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub means that the 100-plus startups in our network are one giant leap closer to being the companies that capture imaginations and create jobs here and, as they grow, around the country.”
Google will support American Underground and the other hubs in the network, both financially and technologically. Hubs will have greater access to Google experts and products, and will participate in a number of Google events each year. Most importantly, hubs in the network will have access to each other, with Google facilitating quarterly calls and bringing hub partners together in-person to share lessons learned and best practices for entrepreneurs.
The American Underground — a close knit network of three hubs in North Carolina’s world famous Research Triangle Park — is home to some of the most influential and instrumental startups, incubators and thought leaders in the Southeast. Access to The American Underground gives high-growth companies the flexible office space and business connections necessary to reach and exceed their goals.
It is now possible to start a high-growth company from almost anywhere, not just major coastal cities. American Underground helps startups capitalize on this development by providing desks for entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams, educational opportunities for talented developers, and a vibrant community for innovative startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network is the first formal network of this kind in the world. “Google heard consistently from tech hubs that they wanted to be part of a larger network, to learn from each other and collaborate together on ideas. We are happy to facilitate that,” said John Lyman, Head of Partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. “Our team has been incredibly impressed with the great work these hubs have done in their cities, and are excited to partner with them to do even more.”
The other six hubs in the network include: CoCo in Minneapolis, MN; 1871 in Chicago, IL; Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario; Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, TN; Galvanize in Denver, CO; and Grand Circus in Detroit, MI.