Durham, NC – The suspense was building and everyone was wondering about the American Underground mysterious September 25 campaign. Today we found out what this was all about.
From a Google Blog Posted by John Lyman, Head of Partnerships, Google for Entrepreneurs:
We started Google for Entrepreneurs to help foster entrepreneurship in communities around the world. Through our work in more than 100 countries, we’ve been incredibly impressed with the catalyzing impact that tech hubs have had: helping startups grow, and creating jobs in local communities in the process. So today we’re announcing a Tech Hub Network with seven partners, initially located in North America. 1871 (Chicago), American Underground (Durham), Coco (Minneapolis), Communitech (Waterloo), Galvanize (Denver), Grand Circus (Detroit) and Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Nashville) are all top notch spaces fueling entrepreneurship. We believe these hubs have pioneered a new approach to launching a business, and it’s our mission to help support them.
Adam Klein, the Chief Strategist for American Underground was reported in WRAL TechWire to say:
In making this decision, Google is validating what is going on in the Triangle and we now have points of contact and a platform from which we can speak to Google
The News & Observer reports:
Each company in the American Underground also will receive a Google “startup pack” that will include $1,000 worth of credit for Google products such as storing and accessing data on the Google Cloud Platform.
This announcement is a huge validation of the Tech community that is developing in the Triangle.
Kudos to the American Underground!