RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh is turning into an entrepreneur’s dream city these days, especially with HQ Raleigh’s recent partnership with Wake Tech Community College.
The business hub and school will be working together to offer students classes, and access to actual startup owners.
“I think that it’s really important that we work together collaboratively in the community to bolster efforts nationally to be one of the top places for innovation in the country,” said Jason Widen, HQ Raleigh’s executive director.
Leaders with both organizations say it’s important to provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, and a safe space where they can learn from each other.
“This entrepreneurship space is really taking a hold in Wake County, so Wake Tech wants to be a part of it. And we want to do all that we can to serve our student population,” said Tim Lucas, dean of Industry and Business Services at Wake Tech.
The partnership is in a trial stage for the next six months as school officials determine what’s best for Wake Tech students.
“This is part of our business and industry service division so we are here to get closer to small business owners and entrepreneurs. But we also want to make it available to students as it’s appropriate, to come and do things as well,” said Katie Gailes, director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Wake Tech.