Why did you start your business in North Carolina?
Our 4 founders started Stealz in North Carolina because not only is it their home state, but they knew Raleigh was the perfect market for getting Stealz off the ground. The foodie scene made it a natural fit for our product niche, and the incredible resources like local angel investors, HQ Raleigh, etc. gave their vision the foundation and support it really needed in order to be brought to life.
What is the best part about running your business in your community?
The best part about working at HQ Raleigh is the true, tangible sense of community/family you feel when you come to work every day. Each company and individual is openly excited about what you're working on, and genuinely supportive and eager to see you succeed.
What do you believe your North Carolina community has that other startup hubs can’t offer?
One of the coolest cities in the US with tons of local pride.
In 3 words, how would you describe the entrepreneurial culture in NC?
Collaborative / Supportive • Unique • Vibrant