Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
The Research Triangle Park has just announced two new partnerships and an event series in support of a regional entrepreneurial initiative.
Part of RTP’s progression involves alliances; official partnerships have been announced with two of the region’s more prominent entrepreneurial centers -- Durham’s American Underground and HUBRaleigh. Moving forward, the Research Triangle Foundation’s staff will maintain a presence in both of these locations.
“We’ve been building since the 1950’s and we’ve never stopped. There is something commendable in that,” said Bob Geolas, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. “But to keep building – bigger and better than ever – we need to ensure that we’re attracting the very best minds of the next generation to RTP. And that means connecting with entrepreneurs.”
But the Research Triangle Park’s future isn’t totally centered on partnership – it also involves a physical redevelopment effort.
“We’ll be implementing a world-class residential and retail-focused redevelopment that will change the face of RTP and introduce much-desired amenities. We’ll have lofts, coffee shops, trendy shops. But we’re also out to unify the the campuses of RTP’s larger corporations to foster a collaborative environment.”
And the third key to RTP’s success us a rebranding initiative.
To showcase the sum of the Triangle’s brightest minds, RTP is launching a casual, monthly, speaker event series called “180°.” Hand-picked speakers from the region’s three founding universities, local companies and the community at-large will be called upon to don their finest tees and take to the stage to speak passionately about what matters to them.
Every 180° installment will have a theme; and in keeping with RTP's spirit of innovation, the March 19 launch will center wholly on entrepreneurship.
The Research Triangle Park is an entity that was once referred to by Governor Luther Hodges as the “heart and hope of North Carolina.” A top R&D and life science cluster, the Park has been a long-standing, centrifugal hub for research and discovery.
RTP is situated centrally between Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RTP contains 7,000 acres, 40,000 employees, and over 170 companies and organizations, including Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, The Hamner Institute, Avaya, Cisco, Credit Suisse, Biogen Idec, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, BASF, Stiefel, NetApp, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, BD Technologies, Sigma Xi, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and RTI International.
RTP is presently home to an existing handful of incubators and accelerators – including First Flight Venture Center and Alexandria Innovations. But it also maintains the Park Research Center (PRC), an affordable, laboratory-friendly space for entrepreneurs and startups.