We believe that entrepreneurial thinking can have significant economic impact in North Carolina – whether that thinking is at a startup company, at a larger established company, at a government office or at a non-profit. NC IDEA’s ambition is to educate 100,000 North Carolinians with this entrepreneurial mindset. Furthermore, we have a hypothesis that the state’s public libraries are an un-tapped but powerful mechanism to spread that mindset and be an important contributor to economic growth, particularly in areas of the state that are experiencing economic distress.
The goal of this pilot program is to identify effective strategies for North Carolina public libraries to become effective members of their community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. NC IDEA will select 10 public libraries to explore ways they can support the development of entrepreneurial activity in their service areas. The roles that will be explored will range from supporting existing ecosystems to initiating ecosystem development.
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program (IHEP) will be the major component of the pilot. The background and details can be found here.
We are seeking 10 forward-thinking libraries from around the state who wish to join us on this journey. The pilot program will run from August 2019 to June 2020.
NC IDEA will fund facilitator training (including travel expenses), marketing and display materials, and the cost of materials for program participants.
Applications for this pilot project will be accepted May 1 – May 30, 2019. Selected libraries will be notified on a rolling basis, with final notifications by June 15.
NC IDEA will select libraries based on their commitment of resources to the program. We intend to create a cohort of 10 libraries that are diverse across several factors: geography, urban/rural/suburban, library size, Tier 1/Tier 2/Tier 3 counties and level of current entrepreneurial/economic development activity.
Click here to apply for the program.