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Thanks for your interest in American Underground! We support tech, consumer product, digital health and social enterprise startups that are scalable and have high-growth potential. If you’re working on a company that fits that model and are interested in being a part of our dynamic community, we’d LOVE to take you on a tour of our space! If you have a different type of company than those listed above, no problem! We’re opening a new space called Gridworks Durham that is designed for professionals including small business owners, freelancers, and creatives! Apply for a tour of office and coworking space at Gridworks Durham here.

Our Story

The American Underground launched in 2010 in the basement of the Strickland Building on the American Tobacco Campus, North Carolina’s largest historic renovation project. This project totaled over one million square feet of space and transformed what was once an eyesore of abandoned tobacco warehouses into a bustling hub for entrepreneurs. The American Underground has one location in Raleigh and three locations in downtown Durham, N.C. – a city that is capturing the national imagination with its Silicon Valley vibe and location just minutes from the world-famous Research Triangle Park.

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Meet the Team


  • Sarah Beck

    Sarah Beck

    Director of Property Management and Events

  • Steve Bullock

    Steve Bullock

    Security and Operations Manager

  • Meredith Burgess

    Meredith Burgess

    Director of Design

  • Phillipe Charles

    Phillipe Charles

    Director of Communications and Member Experience

  • Molly Demarest

    Molly Demarest

    Senior Director of Operations and Finance

  • Adam Klein

    Adam Klein

    Chief Strategist

  • Garrett Wood

    Garrett Wood

    Real Estate Operations Analyst

  • Talib Graves-Manns

    Talib Graves-Manns

    Entrepreneur in Residence

  • Doug Speight

    Doug Speight

    Entrepreneur in Residence