RTP is

  • 7,000 Acres
  • 375+ Established and Startup Companies
  • 60,000+ Employees
  • 42% Minority & Women-Owned Businesses of RTF Vendor Contracts


RTP is more than a workplace. We support a community of doers and dreamers who want to engage and merge their interests to live, work and recreate. Whether it means developing new cures for cancer at a national lab or sharing locally-brewed drinks at Boxyard, our experience is multicultural and inclusive.

We celebrated 1 year of small businesses doing big things at Boxyard! This hyper-local cargotecture is a community made up of a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, artists and creatives.

Boxyard Turns One

2022 Growth by the Numbers

40 Upcycled Shipping Containers
15+ Unique Local Restaurants and Retailers
200+ Events, Including 4+ Days of Live Music Per Week
1 Dog Park (Barkyard)

Awards & Accolades

  • TCREW Champion Award: Best Development Project 2022
  • Triangle Business Journal’s 2022 Space Awards for Top Retail Development (Paywall)
  • Durham Magazine Best Venue for Live Music 2022
  • Best of Durham Large Venue for Live Music
  • Best of Durham (Vendors)
    • Lawrence Barbecue: Best Of Durham Barbecue
    • Beyu Caffe: Best Of Durham Coffee Shop
    • Fullsteam Brewery: Best Of Durham Brewery
    • Wonderpuff: Best Of Durham Artisan Food Product

James Beard Recognition

The James Beard Awards recognizes exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability and culture.

Fullsteam Brewery
Lawrence BBQ

PopBox Second Cohort

PopBox is a 320-square-foot rotating shipping container backed by a micro-grant from NC IDEA and Research Triangle Foundation. This initiative aims to scale up women and BIPOC-owned businesses. Durham Tech has also partnered with Boxyard RTP to provide technical assistance and small business counseling to the 2022-2023 selected cohort.

2021-22 Recipients: Thirteen West, Skyelight Living, Pop Box Gallery, Be Like Missy

Hummingbird Candle Co. 2nd Hand Concession Stand PerSONALIty Designs The Tatted Potter

DEI+ Partnerships

During our 300 in 100 RTP company interviews, we learned that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is crucial to the success of our stakeholders. As we blur silos across RTP companies to collaborate and synergize our efforts, we benefit from the resulting advancement in talent attraction, contributing to better business outcomes.


The Research Triangle Park Charitable Fund, in partnership with the RTP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Collective announced the second cohort for the STEM RTP grant. ⁠⁠These funds are awarded to programs working at the intersection of STEM and diversity, equity and inclusion.

2022 Recipients

RTP DEI Collective

Founded in the fall of 2019 with the goal of uniting and amplifying RTP companies’ diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the RTP DEI Collective has grown to include more than 30 companies and partners. The Collective works to:

  • ESTABLISH a network of professionals who share the same interests and goals for DEI.
  • CONNECT with regional efforts in the Triangle to showcase the Park as a diverse and welcoming center of business.
  • INTEGRATE DEI actions within our organizations with a focus on anti-racism and social justice for marginalized groups.
  • AMPLIFY visibility and engagement for existing DEI initiatives in RTP.
  • SCALE existing events and programs to create a bigger, broader impact for the 60,000 people working in RTP.
  • CHAMPION Park companies who are working to begin or scale their DEI efforts.
RTP and The Diversity Movement

The Diversity Movement

The collaboration between The Diversity Movement and RTP DEI Collective creates a powerful partnership for Research Triangle Park (RTP) companies and their employees to help illuminate the true nature of the Research Triangle as a welcoming and diverse community.

Cover art for the RTP Crossroads Podcast with Ray Trapp.

Crossroads Podcast

Meet Ray Trapp and Sarah Chick at the crossroads of it all. Everything from DEI, talent, the Park, the Triangle Region and beyond.

Listen to the Crossroads Podcast

Breaking the Bias Annual Event

On International Women’s Day, we asked women leaders across RTP to share their thoughts about success, their leadership styles and the benefits of working within RTP.

Check out what we learned

Behind RTP: Research Triangle Foundation

It takes a lot of extraordinary people to make RTP an extraordinary community. Research Triangle Foundation rigorously tests its activities against the feedback we receive from RTP companies and our communities. Our mission established in 1959 remains relevant today - the Foundation exists to create opportunities that positively impact all North Carolinians.

Our Mission

  • Facilitate collaboration between the Triangle universities.
  • Promote cooperation between universities and industry.
  • Create an economic impact for the residents of North Carolina.

Board of Directors

  • Jud Bowman, Founder & CEO, Sift Media, Board Chair
  • Dr. Johnson Akinleye, Chancellor, North Carolina Central University
  • Farad Ali, President & CEO, Asociar
  • Hugh Allen, CRE South Division Head, TD Bank
  • Brooks Bell, Founder & Executive Chairman, Brooks Bell
  • Anita R. Brown-Graham, Professor of Public Law & Government, UNC Chapel Hill
  • John F.A.V. Cecil, President, Biltmore Farms, LLC
  • Daniel Ennis, Executive Vice President, Duke University
  • Charles Francis, Attorney and Managing Member, The Francis Law Firm PLLC
  • Tim Gabel, President & CEO, RTI International
  • Michael J. Goodman, Senior Vice President, Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC)
  • Kevin Guskiewicz, Chancellor, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Peter Hans, President, UNC System
  • Wendy John, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
  • Barbara Mulkey Director, General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, North Carolina State University
  • Ward Nye, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO Martin Marietta
  • Steven Pearson, Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, IBM
  • Dr. Vincent Price, President, Duke University
  • Dr. Tallman Trask, III, Executive Vice President Emeritus, Duke University
  • J. Bradley Wilson, CEO Emeritus, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dr. William “Randy” Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
  • David Ward, Jr., Emeritus
  • Smedes York, Emeritus
  • Robert A. Ingram, Emeritus
  • Richard “Dick” L. Daugherty, Emeritus

We want to thank the following Directors whose terms are expiring for their commitment and service to the Research Triangle Foundation Board. Your leadership and counsel are much appreciated and have guided our success.

  • Michael J. Goodman, Senior Vice President, Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC)
  • Dr. Tallman Trask, III, Executive Vice President Emeritus, Duke University

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