DURHAM – Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, NC IDEA is getting ready to host a virtual Ecosystem Summit to discuss ways to “rethink priorities” in the face of current economic challenges.

The interactive event is scheduled for Nov. 16-17, in coordination with Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Over the two days, attendees will hear from national and local experts, leaders and entrepreneurs through keynote talks and breakout sessions weaved together in an informative and entertaining storytelling format.

“Historically, entrepreneurs have led economic activity and recovery after seismic downturns in our economy; out of necessity,” said Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA, in a statement. “Creating a united sense of community and expanding our capacity to help all North Carolinians realize their full entrepreneurial potential, is vital to accelerating our recovery and protecting our state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In 2019, NC IDEA hosted the first-ever North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit with nearly 500 attendees from around the state.

NC IDEA will begin announcing speaker and agenda updates in the coming weeks. The organization is also soliciting sponsors, as well as ideas from the community for speakers and topics that are of importance and interest.

Early-bird registration will open in mid-September.

NC IDEA is an independent private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in North Carolina. Over the last decade, the NC IDEA SEED program has awarded more than $6 million in non-dilutive grants to 136 growth-oriented companies across the state.

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