NC IDEA has reserved a block of rooms for attendees at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills. Use the group code NCIF to unlock the special rate for our event. Guests can also book reservations by calling the Hilton Worldwide reservations line at 919-872-2323, OPTION 1 by referencing the group code NCIF, you will receive the group rate. Deadline for this special rate is October 19th!


Who Should Attend?


This is the only statewide conference of its kind that brings together the people and organizations who support entrepreneurs.

  • Entrepreneurial Support Organizations
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • University and Community College Entrepreneur Programs
  • SBTDCs, SBCs and CDFIs
  • State and Local Government Officials
  • Entrepreneurs may participate and interact with other attendees to help us best understand their needs; however, the content is not directed toward entrepreneurs as with other startup-focused conferences.


Why Attend?


  • Connect with practitioners from around the state who help entrepreneurs and lead programming that supports economic development
  • Gain information and best practices, particularly for those who are just beginning to incorporate startups as an economic development tool in their locale
    • Share successes and solutions
    • Share problems and issues
  • Become more informed of the statewide entrepreneurial community and the current state of entrepreneurial development climate in North Carolina
  • Learn more about those regions of the state that are outside the traditional entrepreneurial hubs like Research Triangle
  • Celebrate and showcase our State’s successes to date