Join us on February 18, 2020 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Impact Alamance Conference Center in Burlington, NC for the Rural NC Place-Based Entrepreneurship Roundtable presented in partnership with NCGrowth.

This roundtable is the first in a series of sharply focused workshops where NC IDEA will bring together practitioners from around North Carolina to work together on topics and issues that they are facing in their communities.

Our inaugural roundtable will focus on place-based entrepreneurial centers and programs, such as incubators, co-working spaces and accelerator programs in counties of less than 200,000 people.


Why Attend?

  • To share your learnings with colleagues from across the state if you have implemented place-based entrepreneurship centers and programs in your community , whether successful or unsuccessful
  • To learn from those who have implemented place-based entrepreneurship centers and programs in their community if you are about to implement your own
  • To help NC IDEA and NCGrowth understand what we can do to help you be successful


Who Should Attend?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Economic Developers
  • Government Officials
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Entrepreneurial Support Organizations
  • Small Business Centers
  • Community Colleges



  • Share best (and bad) practices
  • Inform NC IDEA and NCGrowth about community place-based entrepreneurship needs and challenges



There will be significant time allotted to discussion and Q&A.

The following community leaders will speak and answer questions about the place-based rural entrepreneurship centers and programs in their communities:

Additional Topics:

  • Carolyn Fryberger, NCGrowth – Carolyn will discuss the “Guidebook” NCGrowth is completing, along with  funding sources, economics, and Q&A.
  • John Austin, NC IDEA FOUNDATION – John will present on  “Customer Discovery for Communities”. He will discuss getting out of the building and talking to your constituents (the entrepreneurs) about what they want and why it is critical to understand their needs. Just like a startup company, you need to understand your target audience and what the problem is that they need solved.
  • Jes Porta, HQ Raleigh – Jess will discuss: What makes co-working “work”? How do you build the “right” community? Lessons from HQ that *might* be applicable to a rural setting, ending with Q&A.



To attend, we will charge $20 to cover coffee and lunch.


Apply to Attend

As we have a limited number of spaces available, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to attend. We will prioritize those individuals outside of major cities who are actively working toward establishing a place-based entrepreneurship center or who have experience developing one. Applications are being accepted through February 2, 2020.

Once you are accepted, we will provide you with an Eventbrite link to formally register.





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