We strive to offer multiple programs to help entrepreneurs find their way through the startup phase of their business. Through community events, networking, and accelerator programs, we give our members the best tools available to help them thrive.
HQ Labs is an immersive 12-week entrepreneurial program designed to help accelerate success for early stage entrepreneurs. The principles of business model design, value proposition development, customer validation make up the core of customer discovery. In addition to focusing on the development of a “minimum viable product”, members of HQ Labs will develop key business and leadership skills through interactions with subject matter experts from the HQ Community. Applicants who are selected to participate will become full coworking members of the HQ Community for six months with all the benefits of being part of the leading entrepreneurial community in Raleigh!
HQ Labs Explorer Edition is designed for people who are currently employed but have been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Held on four consecutive Saturdays, the program will help potential entrepreneurs see if they have the “right stuff” to take the plunge and start a business. This program is an abbreviated version of the full HQ Labs program, designed to get at the basics of starting a business and leading a team of people.
HQ Labs is the entrepreneurial education program from HQ Community. It is an immersive three-month program, built into the HQ Community and centered on the ThinkHouse residential experience, and leveraging many of the excellent resources we have – service provider office hours, speakers, events, social activities, and – most importantly – our members.
ThinkHouse participants for the Fall of 2017 will be selected from recent entrepreneurial graduates of NC State University. The program is designed to help early career entrepreneurs learn and practice the business and life skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs and leaders. You will all have the opportunity to live at the ThinkHouse, an 8 bedroom house in Boylan Heights remodeled for just this purpose.
NC Veteran Entrepreneurs Initiative
HQ Community and Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) are partnering to offer veteran-owned small businesses in the Triangle, Triad and Charlotte with affordable workspaces and innovative services to scale their business.
This unique joint veteran initiative offers veteran entrepreneurs with a membership to the HQ Community with locations in Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro. This includes free co-working space in any HQ Community’ s offices, access to HQ member benefits, support through HQ Labs, and more. Veteran entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to gain visibility among the HQ Community through newsletters, signage, and events while expanding their networks and being in an ecosystem that encourages innovation and creativity.
Southeast Raleigh Entrepreneurs Initiative
Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Shaw University, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center have partnered up with HQ Raleigh to provide an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs from Southeast Raleigh. Through this partnership, qualified entrepreneurs who are launching or who have launched their own businesses out of SE Raleigh will get a free one-year membership to HQ Raleigh.