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LaunchRALEIGH Partnership will Support Emerging Startup District

Just one week removed from the opening of its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, a partnership with the Carolina Small Business Fund, Shaw University will welcome a new group of entrepreneurs to southeast Raleigh’s emerging startup district.

School officials joined executives from the Rotary Club of North Raleigh and the Wake Tech Center for Entrepreneurship for the spring induction ceremony of the LaunchRALEIGH initiative on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Estey Hall on the campus of Shaw University.

LaunchRALEIGH is a unique partnership between civic, business, government and educational institutions to accelerate entrepreneurship, offer competitive access to capital, and provide community support to Southeast Raleigh entrepreneurs. The program offers qualifying members business mentoring, microloans and networking opportunities to support small business creation among diverse sections of Raleigh’s metropolitan area.

Through the year, business leaders from a variety of sectors will engage with LaunchRALEIGH participants to fine tune business concepts, establish plans for sustainable revenue and begin investment in their business creation. 

Shaw University President Tashni-Ann Dubroy calls the program a major element of the city’s effort to spur economic expansion. 

"Raleigh is a blueprint city for how American entrepreneurship can flourish through civic and private partnership. Education plays a significant role in developing the inspiration and preparation to make industries of all sizes viable and accessible to a wide range of people. We’re proud to be an institutional stakeholder in the city’s efforts to generate wealth and opportunity for its citizens."
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