2016 was a fantastic year for the American Underground! We left 2015 with very specific goals — to make our community a destination for entrepreneurs inside and outside of our area, to find a national transportation partner, and to further grow the diversity of founders in the AU. We’re proud to say we’ve made good on those goals with the help of our amazing partners and a killer roster of companies!

For our 2014-2015 annual report, Professor Toon turned the data into hip hop lyrics. This year, he’s returned to ensure the safe delivery of our new data.

Here are some of American Underground’s highlights from the past year:

Click here to download our full 2015 -2016 annual report!

Watch the videos below to hear from some of our members about the year they’ve had.


Job Creation

Diversity & Inclusion

Growth & Graduation

Thriving Cities Case Study

Thriving Cities, a research initiative at UVA, chose American Underground as the subject of its first case study in a series examining institutions that lead with a “new paradigm” approach to business, cross-sector collaboration, and holistic thinking.

GFE Exchange: Black Founders


The American Underground, in partnership with Google For Entrepreneurs, hosted the first Google For Entrepreneurs Exchange for Black Founders. The weeklong immersion program brought 12 early-stage tech companies led by Black founders to Durham for mentoring and collaboration to prepare them for raising capital, addressing the documented funding gap for minority founders.

AUDI shared fleet program


Audi, in partnership with American Underground, piloted its car sharing service in Durham in preparation for its 2017 roll out. The program allowed for AU members to share 3 fully loaded red 2017 Audi A4 sedans, accesing the vehicles through an app on their phones.

2015-2016 Annual Report


Download our full 2015-2016 Annual Report to see some of the numbers behind American Underground companies.