Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)
The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”
- Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Pune, India
- Nicosia, Cyprus
- Dublin, Ireland
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Hong Kong
- Malmö, Sweden
- Tel Aviv, Israel
The Word About Raleigh
Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool
The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.
What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?
- RTP and our network of University Research Institutions.
- Innovative Tech companies like Red Hat, Bandwidth and Citrix.
- Facilities supporting new Tech working arrangements like American Underground, Bull City CoWorking, HQ Raleigh, Morrisville Innovation Foundation and Oakhaven CoWorking.
- Nationally recognized events like InternetSummit and All Things Open.
- Civic programs like Innovate Raleigh, Code for America, Triangle Open Data Day and CityCamp NC amongst others.
- A vibrant community of Tech Meetup groups.
- The list can go on and on, but I think you get the idea…
I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.
Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons