Durham is a Booming Hub of Startup Activity
Considered the Silicon Valley of the South, Durham is full of entrepreneurs, and though its days as a cigarette manufacturer have passed, the factories that once made Lucky Strikes now house startups, established tech companies, restaurants, and theaters.. The local entrepreneurial community is active and supportive, and the quality of life in the Research Triangle area is among the best in the nation.
The Durham Startup Scene
In the past decade, Durham has exploded with new startups and investments, but it's had a startup scene for years - this is where Red Hat got off the ground in 1996! American Underground, THE community of startups, is based here, as are: Adzerk (of course), Automated Insights, Windsor Circle, ArchiveSocial, A Small Orange, Bronto, Reverb Nation, Shoeboxed, iContact, and many more. It's no wonder Google chose Durham to be part of its Tech Hub Network!
Nestled in the Triangle
Launched in 1959, the Research Triangle Park has made this region a tech hub. Mega-campuses for world-class organizations like Duke Medicine, IBM, Lenovo, SAS, Cisco, NetApp, RTI, Dupont, and Red Hat are booming, attracting diverse groups of educated professionals. Downtown Durham is just a quick commute away from Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, and Carrboro, each with a distinct character to fit your lifestyle. The Triangle is the place to be!
Awesome Culture, Food, & Sports
Durham is a walkable, bikeable town that feels like a big city. Southern Living named it the tastiest city in the South, thanks to its high-caliber restaurants, bars, craft breweries, coffee shops, and bakeries. The Durham Performing Arts Center brings major artists and Broadway shows, while a dozen smaller venues serve up music for any taste. Throw in the American Dance Festival, the Full Frame documentary festival, the Art of Cool jazz project, the Nasher Museum of Art, and the World Beer Festival and you'll see why Durhamites love their city so much!Sports fans can also rejoice, with top-tier college sport programs nearby (Duke, UNC, Wake, NC State, to name a few), a minor league baseball team (the Durham Bulls), and the Carolina Panthers only two hours away.
Home to Amazing Universities
Durham and RTP feed off world-class talent from the region's nine universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the first public university in the world), Ivy League-caliber Duke University, and engineering powerhouse North Carolina State University — not to mention North Carolina Central University, Shaw University, St. Augustine's University, Meredith College, William Peace University, Campbell University, and others. According to Portfolio magazine, Durham is the 4th brainiest city in the United States. You'll be in good company!