HQ Raleigh: Raleigh Startup Incubator Since 2012

By July 15, 2016Celito Clients

Why is celito involved with business startup incubators?

We began as a one-person business in Raleigh over 18 years ago. As a Raleigh born, Raleigh grown business ourselves, we appreciate the hard work that it takes to get a business up and running. celito supports Triangle startup incubators like our clients HQ Raleigh, the Nest, and the Technology Incubator at NC State’s Centennial Campus.

This blog series features these three business startup incubators/entrepreneurial communities. There are many other startup incubators in the Triangle. The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce shares a list of incubators and co-working communities.

Are you part of a startup incubator? We’d love to hear from you!


HQ Raleigh

We are proud to be a Sponsor for HQ Raleigh, one of our awesome celito clients.

HQ Raleigh was founded in 2012 by Christopher Gergen, Jason Widen, Jesse Lipson, and Brooks Bell. In addition to providing office space, HQ Raleigh says, “What makes HQ Raleigh unique is our focus on building community through our six core values.”

  • Be Authentic
  • Empower Others
  • Drive Forward With Purpose
  • Think Big!
  • Leave the World Better Than You Found It
  • Embrace Diversity

What sets HQ Raleigh apart?

“We strive to go beyond just being a workspace by supporting all the needs of our member companies, whether that’s through discounts at gyms or restaurants, free mentorship hours, healthcare and employment benefits, or through tech offerings like gig internet.”

HQ Raleigh says, “We also truly believe that a “rising tide lifts all ships,” so we’re really intentional about partnering with local groups and growing a network that will support entrepreneurial growth. Some great examples are our work with the NCSU E-Clinic, the City of Raleigh, our accelerator with Red Hat and Citrix, and even little things like a bike share with Oak City Cycling.”

HQ Raleigh News

HQ Raleigh Announces Plans for HQ Charleston

HQ Raleigh just announced their plans to open a new location in Charleston, SC. Their goal is to create a connected network of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and community members across the Southeast. They currently have locations in Greensboro and Charlotte.

According to HQ Raleigh, they are “the first co-working space in NC to expand statewide, and we’re growing across the Southeast so we can build an even stronger, more diverse and interconnected community and offering of resources.”

HQ Raleigh is now a Certified Benefit Corporation

They are only the second co-working brand in the country to get this status. Here’s the Triangle Business Journal article for more information: HQ Raleigh Joins B-Corp Ranks

Our other posts in our Startup Incubators series will feature the Nest and the Technology Incubator, so stay tuned!


coworking space HQ Raleigh

Sources and Interesting Reading:

HQ Feature in FastCompany

HQ Raleigh

How celito Started

Top 20 Startups to Watch: NC Tech Awards 2015