First up: McKinney will invest $100K in marketing and brand consulting for a select team at American Underground’s Startup Stampede 2018 

Durham, NC, November 15, 2017 — McKinney has formed a partnership with Durham, North Carolina-based American Underground. One of 11 Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs, American Underground is broadly recognized as one of the most dynamic and diverse startup communities in North America.

McKinney will target promising, high-growth companies and help platform the local startup community through creative storytelling and ecosystem narration. The first effort McKinney and American Underground will undertake is Startup Stampede, American Underground’s annual incubator that identifies and supports startups focused on developing consumer products.

The agency will invest $100K in expert brand guidance for a select team at the conclusion of the program. And word’s already on the street. As WRAL’s TechWire points out in their article, where else can a startup get that kind of bang for their buck in branding and creativity?

“We look forward to working with American Underground and their other partners to raise national awareness of what’s happening here in Durham,” said Brad Brinegar, McKinney chairman and CEO. “And we’re excited by the opportunity to help promising consumer products startups unleash their full potential by harnessing the power of marketing to accelerate their growth, through our participation in the Startup Stampede.”

Adam Klein, chief strategist for the American Underground, had this to say about the effort, “This partnership will offer a Startup Stampede team a once-in-a-lifetime leg up by working with one of the world’s most creative advertising agencies to develop their brand and marketing strategies. In addition to the winner, all participants will benefit from the insight and experience offered by the McKinney team.”

Along with McKinney’s support, Startup Stampede also received funding from NC IDEA to bring the project to life.