NC IDEA FOUNDATION, in conjunction with the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Council (GEC) and coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, is hosting the inaugural North Carolina Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Summit this November 18-19, with the ambition to catalyze entrepreneurship as an economic development strategy for the state of North Carolina.

The Ecosystem Summit will uniquely bring together the people and organizations who support, encourage and nourish North Carolina’s entrepreneurs to share what is working; address issues and concerns; meet and network with those doing similar work in other communities; and celebrate and promote entrepreneurs and their successes across the state. Over the course of two days, attendees will hear from experts, leaders and the entrepreneurs themselves through keynote talks and breakout sessions weaved together in a storytelling format on topics involving policy, data, rural entrepreneurship, inclusive entrepreneurship and more. The Summit will encompass all sectors of entrepreneurial activity in the state, including  textiles, agriculture, food and beverage, consumer products, technology and biotech.

  • Learn more about the event and who should attend and why.
  • Stay tuned in the coming weeks for speaker announcements and agenda updates. Signup to receive up-to-date event announcements.
  • Have ideas for speakers or topics? We want to hear what topics are important and of interest to our community. Submit your ideas for the planning committee to consider as we are finalizing the agenda.
  • Early Bird Registration will open on Friday, September 6th. Check back in early September to register!
  • Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email for more details.