Thriving Cities – a research arm of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture –recently conducted a case study on American Underground, a startup hub based out of Durham. The study, which looked at American Underground through the lens of a human ecology framework – found that the organization has more businesses led by women and people of color than the national average.

29 percent of the American Underground’s businesses are led by women and 22.4 percent are led by minorities – shattering national averages that noted only one percent of startup founders are Black and only eight percent are female.

American Underground chief strategist Adam Klein notes that the organization is making diversity a priority, and that the company is inspired by a recent announcement out of Washington, D.C. that the city wishes to significantly increase the diversity and inclusivity of the startup scene. While American Underground is proud of the current diversity they have, they are actively trying to do even more. The organization lists looking for ways to reach out and nurture Latinx founders, among other goals.

You can find out more about American Underground here, or by visiting one of their three locations in Durham, or their singular location in Raleigh.

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