This year’s celebration, which welcomes AU members, city and startup leaders, media, and the startup community at large, will take place at Durham’s Cotton Room from 6-9 pm on December 5. For the first time, the event will feature an awards ceremony for the American Underground Awards, aka the “Undies.” Awards will recognize brand development, corporate citizenship, startup growth, fundraising, and leadership. Categories include:
- Brand Developer of the Year
- Scrappiest Startup
- Corporate Citizen of the Year
- Growth Award
- Fundraiser of the Year
- Startup of the Year
- CEO/Founder of the Year
- Undergrounder of the Year
Proceeds for the End-of-Year Celebration will go to Code The Dream to help local minorities and immigrants interested in tech find a pathway into the technology industry through coding education.
Launched in 2010 on the historic American Tobacco Campus in 2010, American Underground supports nearly 300 startups from its four locations across the Triangle. CNBC has dubbed AU “the Startup Capital of the South,” and Curbed magazine has described the organization as “the future of American innovation.” American Underground is one of 12 Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America, and the hub is noted for its success in incubating minority-led startups.
“We are excited to be a part of American Underground’s annual celebration of Durham’s startup community,” said David Morris, Managing Attorney of the firm’s Durham office adjacent to American Underground at the American Tobacco Campus. “When you take an inclusive approach like that of AU and make every effort to collaborate with all the traditional stakeholders in the startup ecosystem, as well as traditionally underserved groups, you deserve all the success you can handle. The success of AU and its startups over the last decade is validation of and testament to these efforts. We look forward to partnering with American Underground for years to come.”
To find out more and register for American Underground’s 2018 End-of-Year Celebration, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-undergrounds-2018-end-of-year-celebration-and-au-awards-tickets-51894299246.