In the 1950’s, North Carolina’s economy was ranked 49thout of 50 states and too dependent on tobacco, textiles, and furniture.  Then a partnership was formed by Duke, UNC, and NC State to turn a pine forest that separated them into the Research Triangle that would leverage their ideas and talent.


Today, salaries in the Park are nearly 50% higher than state and national averages.  The region has also lifted North Carolina’s economy notably through its acceleration of an $83B life sciences sector.


Hidden in the shadows of this great success are too many unskilled and underemployed Triangle neighbors who lack affordable housing and economic opportunity.  Commonwealth Triangle is building impact investing deals to bring more economic opportunity to all Raleigh-Durham citizens.

Commonwealth is a city-based platform designed to accelerate the supply of high impact investing opportunities.

Through two techniques — a venture competition and an online marketplace — Commonwealth will create first-ever visibility into the quality deals that already exist and use its consulting services to make these businesses more market-ready.


Venture Competition

Companies that deliver both economic and social returns while improving Raleigh's quality of life are encouraged to apply.

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Commonwealth business analysts perform a rigorous diligence process on dozens of deals annually.

Mission Triangle

Helping nonprofits turn passion into practice.

Sagamore Institute hosts Mission Triangle as a valuable part of its Commonwealth impact investing platform.  America’s nonprofits are among the highest social impact businesses ever created. At the same time, their business operations are often lacking.  Mission Triangle provides teaching and consulting services to enhance social investment across the Raleigh-Durham communities.

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