One of the leading innovation districts in the U.S., the Innovation Quarter creates an ecosystem where ideas can grow, collaborations can emerge and everyone can thrive. From start-ups and sole proprietors, to emerging and established businesses, companies in the Innovation Quarter create a vital entrepreneurial community that contributes to a national innovation culture and serves the people who live, work, learn and play in and around this vibrant district.
Though varying in industry and size, the members of the Innovation Quarter community share a common goal—to move ideas and solutions forward. To do that, you need a place to grow. Whether you are an individual, a start-up or an established company, there is space for you—from office and growth space, to retail and scientific space, whatever your company needs.
While companies in the Innovation Quarter innovate in a variety of areas, there are five key sectors that encompass many of the companies here: data analytics, clinical research, population health, regenerative medicine, and academic relationships and services. The wealth of enterprises in the innovation district contribute to a vibrant business community that engages with the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Triad and beyond.
A host of businesses cater to the retail and service needs of those who live, work, learn and play in the Innovation Quarter. From restaurants and coffee shops, to salons and financial services, you can find many amenities here. And with more retail space being built out every day, more amenities are on the way.
The Innovation Quarter also features 28 acres of shovel-ready land, primed for construction and presenting a range of possibilities for future development. Whatever your needs, find a spot to fit here.
Convergence is a guiding principle not only for the Innovation Quarter, but also for a growing innovation economy in and around Winston-Salem. Learn how bringing together entrepreneurs, institutions and small businesses in close proximity naturally creates interactions between entities that differ in industry, size and scope. Discover what can result when innovators converge.
Since its start in 2017, Venture Café has served more than 11,400 visitors and provided 30,000+ hours of programming for entrepreneurs and innovators of all kinds. But to learn the true value that Venture Café Winston-Salem brings to the entrepreneurs and businesses growing in the Piedmont Triad, you need to see the program from their eyes. Hear from four entrepreneurs about what Venture Café has meant for them and their businesses.
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Looking for just the right slurry of resources to help your company take off? Dig into the amenities and infrastructure that help make this ecosystem thrive.
Sort through the various kinds of work spaces in the Innovation Quarter and find the right fit for your company.