HQ Raleigh, which has already expanded its “HQ Community” through partnerships to Greensboro and Charlotte, is readying for a fourth hub – this time in Charleston, South Carolina, says co-founder Chris Gergen.
Gergen founded HQ Raleigh in 2012 alongside entrepreneurs Jason Widen, Jesse Lipson and Brooks Bell. He says Charleston is the first of several planned expansions on HQ’s route to becoming “the largest entrepreneurial community in the Southeast.”

His team is still exploring location options in Charleston, but he hopes the hub will be up and running in early 2017. “We are really focused right now on trying to get our model right and making sure that all of our operational assumptions are in order,” he says.
But, should the hub show traction, the founders want to keep expanding, he says.

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