Doug Calaway is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur. Over the course of his career, he’s started eight successful companies and appeared twice on the INC 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation. He’s launched startups, helped make struggling businesses profitable, taken several companies public and overseen corporations in Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire and even Cairo, Egypt. In 2015, he retired in Durham to be closer to his children.
But Doug’s retirement would only last two months! Once he moved close to NC State University’s renowned agriculture program and the largest research park in the country, Doug began pursuing his long-time passion for horticulture, specifically in hydroponics, the process of growing plants in water rather than soil. “I had been interested in sustainable growing technologies for a long time,” recalled Doug. “I figured with all the Triangle’s expertise, three outstanding universities and resources right in my back yard, now was the time and place to pursue this kind of business opportunity...”