Big Top’s mission is simple: connecting the Triangle’s world-class talent to the startups seeking the type of competitive advantage that comes with building the right team.

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 seeks both companies and individuals who see the value in coming together to feed the unprecedented growth the Triangle is realizing.

Through a mixture of events — both large and small — and a continuously fed, up to the minute online marketplace of available positions coupled with a full profile of Triangle companies and their respective cultures, Big Top and American Underground will do for the talent pipeline what they’ve done for office space and organizing the startup community.

More About American Underground:

The American Underground launched in 2010 on the historic American Tobacco Campus. Today, it supports 300+ startups across five locations and has been dubbed the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC. Inspired by Durham’s century-old entrepreneurial legacy, American Underground is building the counter-story to Silicon Valley– a diverse startup scene rich in innovative ideas and deep city engagement. As one of twelve Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America, AU offers its startups a global network of thinkers and resources. Its proximity to renowned universities and the world-famous Research Triangle Park makes it the perfect place to launch and grow a company.  2017 was a big year: check out our video and digital reports!

Meet the Team

Molly Demarest

Molly Demarest


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

Michael is the Business Development Manager for Triangle Startup Social POWERED BY: Big Top and WRAL TechWire where he works with organizations looking to support the Triangle startup community.  Outside of leading these events, he is focused on growing the regional pipeline of highly skilled talent and raising awareness for the startup job 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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