“Some people don’t just live: they lead a life. They don’t sit around waiting for a lucky break. They create opportunities for themselves. They go after their dreams and bring them to life…”
- Christopher Gergen in Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives
This is your time. Make it count. To get you there, the ThinkHouse is a nine-month action-learning residential Accelerator in Raleigh, NC based out of a fully renovated house in the Boylan Heights neighborhood. The ThinkHouse is focused on helping emerging entrepreneurs (you!) put bold ideas into action while creating impactful lives.
Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the ThinkHouse offers an extraordinary experience for participating Fellows, including:
The intensive nine-month experience focuses on equipping you with the confidence, competence, knowledge and networks necessary to lead an extraordinary life, build healthy teams, and launch a successful venture. In addition to a strong emphasis on personal leadership development, and team building, the ThinkHouse Venture Accelerator is a hands-on boot camp to help you develop a viable product/service and get to revenue quickly. Specifically, through our three-part, mentor-fueled process you will: validate market demand and rapidly prototype new concepts; get to market with established benchmarks and feedback loops; and develop a scalable platform with recurring revenue.
The ThinkHouse, located in historic Boylan Heights, is a residential entrepreneurial development opportunity for seven Fellows chosen through a competitive selection process. While the ThinkHouse will serve as the soulful center of the experience, all Fellows can also work out of HQ Raleigh - a dynamic entrepreneurial co-working space within easy biking distance to the ThinkHouse. Fellows must call the Triangle their primary home for the duration of the fellowship and must be working full-time on their ventures.
The ThinkHouse is a fully renovated, 7 bedroom, 8 bathroom home complete with collaborative work spaces and breakout rooms.
We worked with BetaVersity to design a space that brings out the best in our entrepreneurs, selecting materials, equipment, and colors with creativity in mind.
Christopher is Co-Founder of HQ Raleigh, Forward Impact, and Bull City Forward, a fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), Innovator in Residence at the Center for Creative Leadership, and the co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives.
Jesse is the Co-Founder of HQ Raleigh and Founder of ShareFile, which he sold to Citrix in 2011. Jesse now serves as the VP & GM of Data Sharing at Citrix, where he is responsible for the vision, market direction and product strategy behind the company’s data platform. A self-taught software programmer, Jesse has launched and led multiple cloud and e-commerce businesses since the age of 23.
ThinkHouse Raleigh is a new venture by the founders of HQ Raleigh. Brooks Bell, Jesse Lipson, Christopher Gergen, and Jason Widen are all seasoned entrepreneurs who have collectively started more than a dozen ventures including Brooks Bell, the leading optimization firm focused exclusively on enterprise-level A/B split testing services, ShareFile, one of the leading file sharing companies before being acquired by Citrix this past year, SMARTHINKING, the leading online tutoring provider before being acquired by Pearson Education in 2011, and Investors First Real Estate Company, a real estate holding company with more than 100 development projects.
Our goal is to now provide an extraordinary opportunity for the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Triangle and make our region one of the top five entrepreneurial communities in the country.