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On December 13, Dan Gerlach and Christopher Gergen invite you to join a conversation with colleague funders about the possibility of individual or collective support of inclusive innovation in communities across North Carolina. Specifically, are there ways we can work together to help communities outside of the Triangle and Charlotte develop innovation ecosystem strategies that are intentionally inclusive and serve a diverse set of needs? The meeting will be from 3:45 - 5:15p at HQ Greensboro.
Target outcomes for the meeting include:
- strengthening peer relationships and connections
- alignment on a vision for advancing NC’s inclusive innovation economy (beyond the Triangle and CLT)
- surface opportunities for collaboration
- actionable steps to move forward
Proposed agenda includes:
- brief introductions as it pertains to NC’s innovation economy and relevant initiatives that have been funded
- discussion of the critical need to help transition NC communities into the knowledge economy through place-based innovation strategies
- current efforts underway (reflecting on InnovateNC, the investments of NC IDEA, etc.)
- strategies to coordinate efforts to accelerate this work and help communities move from planning to implementation (including discussion of proposed Innovation Fund - below)
- next steps
Prior to the discussion, we will be sending a high-level proposal regarding accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in NC. It includes the concept of a publicly funded Community Innovation Fund that is conceived of as follows:
Communities would compete to participate in the Community Innovation Fund by presenting a compelling local entrepreneurial acceleration plan with measurable outcomes, a clear implementation timeline, broad stakeholder engagement, and evidence of matching local funds to invest in the plan. Once selected, communities would work with assigned innovation experts to refine the plan to receive the initial matched funds. Once specific milestones were hit, additional funding would be available to scale the impact. Success would be measured based on the number of new businesses launched, number and quality of jobs created (measured on their broad demographic reach), and the amount of additional private sector investment generated.
We hope you can make it.