Winston-Salem receives national recognition from major news outlets like Politico, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal as a creative economy powerhouse and a great place to live. Forbes and Livability rated Winston-Salem as one of the best downtowns in America for its quality of entertainment options, well-planned design, unique architecture, green spaces and walkability.
Winston-Salem is located in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina (along with Greensboro and High Point) near to the Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle and Charlotte.
Elite Educational Institutions
As the home to four elite collegiate institutions, two major medical systems and extensive research efforts, Winston-Salem values critical thinking. We are ranked nationally for the quality of our educational institutions and as a strong environment for STEM professionals.
Wake Forest University , the #27 University in the country with the #13 undergraduate business school, works closely with Winston Starts to promote new endeavors in Winston Salem and beyond.
Wake Forest has 115,000 square feet dedicated to innovation in downtown Winston-Salem and is locating its Center for Entrepreneurship right here in our building. The Center for Entrepreneurship equips Wake Forest students with the skills to develop valuable ideas by working with startups and members of our community.
Salem College, Winston-Salem State University and UNC School of the Arts complete the academic and entrepreneurial mosaic of Winston-Salem with a unique blend of young talent, skills and experiences.
Winston-Salem is the home to two elite medical systems, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health.
Novant Health is an integrated system of physician practices, hospitals, outpatient centers, including Forsyth Medical Center, a 921-Bed Hospital. The Novant Health system performs close to 40,000 surgical procedures each year, including more than 6,500 general surgery procedures, 7,000 orthopedic and neurological procedures and 700 open-heart surgeries. The Novant Health system holds accreditation by The Joint Commission and membership to the American Hospital Association. Novant receives high national rankings in many specialties for their outstanding standards of patient care.
The Wake Forest University School of Medicine works to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease through research and innovation. Wake Forest Baptist Health trains leaders in health care to serve patients with excellence. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a preeminent, internationally recognized academic medical center of the highest quality with balanced excellence in patient care, research and education. The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ranked among the Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report consecutively for the past 25 Years.
Vision and vitality are at the foundation of Winston-Salem’s economy. The unique small-town feel with a resource-rich network forms an ideal climate for business in Winston-Salem. It’s no secret that our ecosystem allows for the development of strong, sustainable partnerships, which is why it ranks as the 3rd Highest Average Growth in Small Businesses in America and serves as an ideal location for the headquarters of major industry players like Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete, Inmar, Reynolds American Inc., Hanesbrands Inc., BB&T, and Lowe’s Foods.
Winston-Salem serves as a growing economic hub that thrives downtown and is expressed throughout the community. Winston-Salem’s business environment and access to resources recently received recognition as one of the best cities in America to start a business. Winston Starts does not exist in a vacuum; other partners that support small businesses and startups in the Winston-Salem community include but are not limited to Venture Cafe, Flywheel Coworking, and the Center for Creative Economy.
Winston-Salem is one of the fastest-growing urban environments for innovation in the United States. The innovation quarter, found in downtown Winston-Salem, represents this entrepreneurial spirit as the home to more than 70 companies, more than 3,200 workers and over 7,500 students and workforce trainees.
Furthermore, Winston-Salem offers services to Winston Starts’ residential companies as a leader in both the arts and innovation, achieving a remarkable 14 years in a row ranked as one of the top 10 digital cities in the United States.
Culture and Entertainment
Winston-Salem is known as the City of The Arts and Innovation. The density of Winston-Salem’s intellectual community and expressive cultural community allows for the cultivation of a highly developed arts scene in Winston-Salem. This diversity and ingenuity lends itself to innovation through displays of artistic expression and cutting-edge creativity in the world of design.
Winston-Salem’s state-of-the-art facilities host major athletic events on a State, National, and International level. Residents enjoy events that range from the National Cycling Championship to the Winston Salem Open, voted by the ATP as the top tennis tournament on tour. And Wake Forest holds a unique place as the second smallest Power 5 Conference school in the country. Wake Forest is itself ranked in the nation’s top 20 in many collegiate sports and brings many top 20 teams to Winston-Salem to compete. In all, Winston-Salem has a very rich sports scene.