We want to empower others to create purpose-driven businesses and to leave the world better than they found it. We envision a future where individuals and companies will take courageous and mindful actions to drive positive change.

HQ Greensboro is a shared workspace designed to empower, foster, and cultivate companies that produce long-term job growth and positive social impact. HQ Greensboro addresses two challenges that entrepreneurs face: building a trusted support community and gaining access to flexible, affordable office space.

HQ Greensboro boasts many amenities for startups wanting to grow.  The space holds 15 private suites, 10 single-person semiprivate offices and an open co-working space with work tables and soft seating areas.  There are also three large conference rooms, one small meeting room, and three phone booths for private calls.  Other common rooms include a multi-purpose room for classes, workshops, and events.  HQ Greensboro also features a cafe space with a full-service kitchen, a bar, and specialty coffee equipment.


Greensboro developer Andy Zimmerman has developed 111 West Lewis Street in a collaborative partnership with HQ Raleigh to support high-impact entrepreneurs within the Greensboro community. The new business entity — HQ Greensboro — will build on the experience, brand, and community that HQ Raleigh has created.

Through their partnership, HQ Raleigh and HQ Greensboro support a strong regional community of entrepreneurs. The two entities will team up on programming, events, membership, space design and administration. And through a reciprocal agreement, HQ Raleigh companies will gain access to collaborative space at HQ Greensboro and vice-versa.

HQ Greensboro addresses two primary challenges that entrepreneurs face: building a trusted support community and gaining access to flexible office space.


We’ve assembled a highly competent team with diverse experiences and complementary skillsets.

Andy Zimmerman. Through his 15-year old company, AZ Development, Andy works as a real estate developer, new product developer, and consultant for the outdoor industry.  Previously, he was founder/owner of Legacy Paddlesports for seven years and Wilderness Systems for 15 years.  Andy built and sold kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.  He holds four patents for outdoor products.

Andy has a passion for downtown rehab and has renovated buildings for the Forge (Greensboro’s Makerspace) and Gibbs Hundred Brewing.  Soon, Preyer Brewing and Crafted Restaurant will occupy his building on Battleground Ave.  In addition, AZ Development is currently renovating the future HQ Greensboro space at 111 West Lewis St.

April Harris is President of New City Ventures, an independent community development firm in Greensboro, North Carolina.  New City Ventures specializes in public relations, project management, and community outreach.  Previously, April was Executive Director of Action Greensboro, a nonprofit economic development organization in Greensboro.  Prior to her position with Action Greensboro, she worked as Special Events Manager for the City of Greensboro and Vice President of Downtown Greensboro Inc.

April obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ryan Barry is Founder and Managing Principal at Greensboro based Winbador Solutions, LLC.  Winbador Solutions is a management/strategy consulting firm supporting CxOs, Strategy Leads and other Executives primarily in the Healthcare, Technology, Economic & Sustainable Development, Sustainability and Non-profit industries.

Ryan’s background includes stints with the Corporate Development & Strategy team and Office of the CIO at Computer Sciences Corp’s (CSC) Headquarters.  His experience includes mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships & alliances, strategic planning, business case development and executive advisory.  He has consulted on Sustainability, and represented the University of North Carolina System at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  He holds an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BSBA Marketing from Appalachian State University.

Ken Causey is a marketer, engineering consultant, entrepreneur and motorcycle lover.  He owns IM Werks, an 8-year old Internet marketing company.  Ken is also involved in various startups ranging from healthcare to commercial real estate to timber.