A Full-Stack Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Since its earliest days, Winston-Salem’s growth has been spurred by entrepreneurs and their vision. Today, organizations like Winston Starts, Venture Café, the ACCESS Center, the Center for Creative Economy and Flywheel Coworking provide a full continuum of support for innovators from angel and venture capital funding to workspaces and connections. The crown jewel is Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the United States with more than 1.9-million square feet of office, laboratory and educational space—which is now home to more than 170 companies, five academic institutions, 3,700 workers and 1,800 students.
In Winston-Salem, our community activating all of our resources to become a startup-friendly city where businesses of all kinds can start and scale.
We have a lot of recognition to show that we are one of the very best cities for startups:
- We’re leading the nation in startup growth (WalletHub)
- We’re ranked the #4 best city to start a small business (Zen Business)
- We have one of the top 3 most affordable downtowns to live in (MSN)
- We’re one of the top 5 cities for first-time homebuyers (Livability)
If you are embarking on a new business venture, know that you will find all the resources you need to succeed here. Our programs and services are aligned with other community resources to help startups move from idea to actionable concept, to growth at scale.