DURHAM – It was big party time for the American Underground, which hosted its fifth annual year-end celebration on Wednesday night.

More than 300 people packed into the ballroom for the event, which debuted an awards program, “The Undies,” sponsored by Google Fiber.

Darren McKee, Caitlin Hooks, Keith Karczewski.

Among those honored were CloudFactory, which took out the prize for “Startup of the Year”, and Allison Wood of LCMS+, who won “CEO/Founder of the Year”.

Yasmeen Kashef, Max Rosett, Heather Rosett.

CloudFactory, Loanwell, First among those earning honors at AU’s first ‘The Undies’

Walking the red carpet at American Underground’s fifth annual year-end party.

JP Allen, Isabella Martin.


Brandon Pugh, Tarryn Henry, Caroline DeConto.

Other winners included Bee Downtown & Orora Global (tied for “Corporate Citizen on the Year”), Fathom (“Fundraiser of the Year”, Runaway (“Brand Developer of the Year”), First (Traction Award) and Anthony Garritano of Digitova (“Undergrounder of the Year”).