|Next week we will reflect upon the things in our lives for which we are thankful. It is my favorite time of year, with no disrespect intended to the holidays that closely follow. I enjoy Thanksgiving for many reasons, not the least of which being that it provides an opportunity for mindful appreciation of the many blessings we overlook in the frenetic pace of our lives.
At NC IDEA, we appreciate several things; first and foremost being the privilege we have to help people realize their full entrepreneurial potential.
We get to do this work because we have an insightful board of directors that challenges the organization to be catalytic in our work and strive for lasting impact. That challenge is embraced by an ambitious entrepreneurial team that candidly reflects on our work and understands that we accomplish more when we include our ecosystem and community partners in this vital work.
Finally, I am thankful for our accomplished network of experts, mentors and reviewers that support our activities. Their generous involvement in our many programs is helping redefine entrepreneurship-led economic development.
My hope for the coming year is the shared understanding that humanity’s full potential will be realized once we empower everyone with an entrepreneurial mindset. It is our greatest natural resource and best investment for a future of peace and prosperity.
If you need proof of that, just take a look below at the announcement of our Fall 2018 NC IDEA SEED grant recipients; a bright group of folks growing companies of high economic potential AND social impact.
Entrepreneurially (and appreciatively) yours,
President & CEO
NC IDEA FOUNDATION