Durham/Chapel Hill Among Top 10 Best For Female Startups

By Zachery Eanes
The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A new surbey compiled by shows the combined Durham/Chapel Hill area is ranked #10 for women in business. The area outpaced other North Carolina cities that made the top 100 for women entrepreneurs, including Raleigh, Asheville and Greensboro-High Point.

The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

The Durham and Chapel Hill combined metro area was recently named the 10th best place for a female-led startup to do business.

The ranking was compiled by, which looked at data from 383 metropolitan statistical areas. The metro areas were evaluated on their ability to provide networking opportunities, their welcoming business climate for women, a strong economy and a great baseline for female education.

Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Survey of Business Owners to evaluate the networking potential (10 percent of the total score) and business climate (25 percent), and the bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to weigh differences in male and female educational attainment (30 percent).

“With the American Underground, a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub, it is not surprising to see the Bull City make the Top 10 for Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs,” Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce CEO Geoff Durham said.

“Durham is a unique place where innovation, diversity and authenticity collide with world-class universities and high-ranking quality of life. It is the perfect recipe for creating one of the top startup environments in the nation, and we expect to continue to inspire and attract all forms of entrepreneurial ventures.”

The combined Durham and Chapel Hill area outpaced other North Carolina cities that made the top 100, including Raleigh, Asheville and Greensboro-High Point.

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