This December, Forward Cities will host its third national convening in Durham. This convening will attract over 150 VIP leaders, donors, entrepreneurs and social innovators from Detroit, New Orleans, and Cleveland, plus national donors, federal government leaders, and partner organizations from Washington D.C. and NYC, complemented by Durham’s key entrepreneurs, social innovators, public officials, corporate and community leaders, and funders.

Here we have spotlighted some of the key innovative and inclusive businesses that we will be visiting during this convening: 

American Underground
American Underground is one of eight Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hubs in North America and home to 240+ startups, investors, university offices, and more in the Southeast's most dynamic startup community – Durham/Raleigh.

Hayti Heritage Center
The Hayti Heritage Center opened in 1975 under the management of the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. (SJHF). The Center is a cultural enrichment and arts education facility that promotes cultural understanding through  events, activities and programs that preserve the heritage and showcase the experiences of Americans of African descent.

iNVICTUS Office Center
At the heart of iNVICTUS is the belief that community and environment foster innovation, productivity, and creativity.  From private conference and meeting rooms to shared amenities, iNVICTUS Office Center is where  freelancers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries come to work and grow – together.

The Parrish Street Project
The Parrish Street Project is an initiative of the City of Durham to commemorate the history of Durham's Black Wall Street, the hub of African American financial activity in Durham during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and spur economic revitalization along a central downtown corridor.

Reinvestment Partners
Formed in 1986 as a project of the North Carolina Legal Services, the mission of Reinvestment Partners is to advocate for economic justice and opportunity. They also work to change the lending practices of financial institutions in order to promote wealth building in underserved communities and end predatory lending practices that strip wealth.

SEEDS teaches respect for life, the earth and each other through gardening and growing food. Located in the heart of Downtown Durham, SEEDS is an urban sanctuary that promotes the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security, and environmental stewardship.