Innovation today is almost exclusively a social enterprise. That’s why the Innovation Quarter features publicly accessible places—indoor and outdoor—designed for interactions that lead to collaboration. Here, five key themes encompass the wide variety of ongoing programs that are open to the public and enrich our community. Come experience the events happening here that just might lead to your next great collaboration.
Innovation // Culture
Programming in the Innovation Quarter includes a wide range of cultural offerings, from pop-up dance performances and socials to film screenings—like Innovation and Cinema—and food trucks. Bailey Park is at the heart of these cultural activities, offering a stage, lawn and food truck court to accommodate large social gatherings. In particular, Bailey Park has become home to more than a few concerts and music festivals, such as Bailey, Blues & Bluegrass, and features a mix of genres that includes bluegrass, jazz and rock.
Innovation // Wellness
The Innovation Quarter’s dedication to programming is holistic and includes an emphasis on wellness. Our wellness programs include events that make use of the green spaces of the Innovation Quarter—like yoga events in Bailey Park and direct access to the Long Branch Trail, a 1.7-mile bike and pedestrian pathway—as well as events like the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and the annual Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk. Wellness activities are supported by partners like the Innovation Quarter YMCA, local yoga studios and wellness-oriented groups and organizations.
Innovation // Conversation
When two innovators meet, there’s no telling what will result. Engage with researchers, artists and other creative thinkers in the community through programming designed to stimulate collaboration through connection and conversation. Conversation events include special speakers, panels and networking events that spark new enterprises through encounters with people you may never meet otherwise. Interactive dialogue events include Merge, a dialogue on the intersections of art and science, and Venture Café Winston-Salem, a weekly gathering where ideas, innovators and investors collide.
Innovation // Enterprise
Innovation comes through putting good ideas into action. The Innovation Quarter is full of programming that helps start-ups take off and entrepreneurs of all sorts get their enterprises up-and-running. Forsyth Tech’s Small Business Center and Flywheel Coworking run intensive small business and entrepreneurship programs for a wide variety of entrepreneurs, while organizations like Center for Creative Economy, New Ventures Accelerator and Syn(HER)gy support specific start-up opportunities. Other programs—like Mixxer, a grassroots maker movement gaining traction in the Innovation Quarter—welcome creators of all kinds and promote crafts, arts and the burgeoning maker culture of Winston-Salem.
Innovation // Giving Back
The Innovation Quarter also promotes programming that gives back to the community. Our anchor program, SciTech Institute, is an enrichment program in science, math and technology for middle school students in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County schools that gives local organizations the chance to give back by hosting a STEAM event with SciTech. Other programs in the Innovation Quarter include Girls on Fire, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, and the Inmar Community Tech Night, which offers free IT services and education to underserved areas of our city.
Our programs are an investment in community. Whether offered by tenants, institutions or outside entities, these programs are designed to enrich those who live, work, learn and play in the Innovation Quarter and the greater Winston-Salem community. To learn about upcoming events, visit our community calendar at InnovationQuarter.com/Calendar.