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NC IDEA FOUNDATION, in support of 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 1.5 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.