Nearly every mid-sized region has a startup scene, but given the rate of growth, many of them face the challenge of outgrowing the infrastructure needed for building regional connections. Big Top solves that problem for the Triangle by facilitating necessary connections, both online and in-person, to prevent silos and inaccessibility.

Big Top is a software company that makes it easier for people to plug in to the Triangle Startup Community, whether you live here today, or plan to move here tomorrow. When you join Big Top, you immediately inherit our ever-growing network — 10,000 strong and counting.

In association with the American Underground — the home grown, regional powerhouse that has built a startup ecosystem of more than 300 companies across five locations — Big Top connects both companies and individuals who see the value in coming together to feed unprecedented growth in the Triangle.

Meet the Team

Molly Demarest

Molly Demarest

Director

Previous to serving as Director of Big Top, Molly spent 5 years leading operations, finance and real estate development at American Underground. During that time she learned firsthand the pains of growing companies.  Chief among them was finding the right talent. She is excited to transfer the same mindset towards scaling the Big Top platform and celebrating each new hire!

Michael English

Michael English

Business Development Manager

In addition to founding his own company, for the past 2 years Michael has played an active role working with organizations looking to support the Triangle startup community. He is excited to expand his focus to growing the regional pipeline of highly skilled talent and raising awareness for the startup opportunities that exist here in the Triangle!

Mable Rogers

Mable Rogers

Operations and Events Manager

Previous to joining the Big Top team, Mable spent over 45 years in the economic development industry, working with growing companies and the Triangle business community, to create experiences for connection and collaboration.  She is excited to share her wisdom as she runs day to day operations and our infamous Big Top events!

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