HQ Raleigh offers pop-up space

Startup incubator HQ Raleigh is embracing the trendy “pop-up” concept.

The incubator, which plans to relocate from its offices on Hillsborough Street to an expanded facility in the Warehouse District in February, will make “pop-up” space available to startups in the “Grand Ballroom” of the Capital Club Building at 16 W. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh during the month of January.

“It will be a fun way to transition to our new space,” said Liz Tracy, the incubator’s community manager. “It’s near the Warehouse District where we will be. It will give people a taste of the area.”

The Hillsborough Street facility is fully occupied by 56 companies. The hope is that some of the more than 15 startups on the waiting list will avail themselves of the temporary space, which will be equipped with furniture, high-speed Internet and office supplies. It also has a kitchen and meeting rooms.

HQ Raleigh turned to the pop-up concept as a way of rewarding the patience of startups that have been waiting for the new facility at 310 Harrington St. in the Warehouse District to open, Tracy said.

As often happens with construction projects, she added, construction delays pushed back the opening of the Harrington Street space. The original target date for occupancy was January.

Historic Venues, which manages the Capital Club Building as well as the Bennett Bunn plantation in Zebulon, has partnered with HQ Raleigh on the pop-up incubator.

“We have a lot more partnerships that we’ll be announcing,” Tracy said.

The Grand Ballroom, on the building’s top floor, will continue to be available for events in January.

Staff writer David Ranii