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Young Social Entrepreneurs: Pitch Your Startup Concepts Tuesday for a Chance to Win $10K

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University and Appalachian State University will host the “Boone Discovery Forum” on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The event will be held in the Parkway Ballroom at Plemmons Student Union, on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Forum attract teams of young (ages 18-30) social entrepreneurs who are working to improve their communities – and our state – through social innovation. The Boone Discovery Forum is one of six such Forums across the state, all sponsored by BB&T.

The showcase will feature a series of five-minute pitches from young social entrepreneurs who aim to make the Boone area an even better place to live, work, and play. Audience members will vote to choose the top three presenters. Finalists will be invited to an intensive leadership development training in March, where they will spend a weekend networking with other North Carolina social entrepreneurs to refine their ideas and compete for a chance to win up to $10,000 toward their social enterprise.

Presenters on October 25 will include:

•       Re-Store
•       Grow-Q
•       The Absurdity of Pooping in Potable Water
•       Medical Image Diagnostics Applications (MIDA)
•       ION Vehicles
•       Diverse Merch
•       Roots
•       Refresh Retreat
•       Millennials for Acceptance and Unity
•       The Sanctuary

The Discovery Forum series, which includes similar events in Greenville, Hickory, the Triad, the Triangle, and Wilmington is part of IEI’s wider efforts to promote youth engagement and conversations that enhance the state’s future economic prosperity. For more information on the Discovery Forum series and to register to attend, please visit emergingissues.org/df.

About the Institute for Emerging Issues:

Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is a public policy “think and do” tank housed on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus, charged with connecting people and resources from all sectors and areas of North Carolina in an effort to ensure our state’s future economic competitiveness. For more information on IEI’s work, please visit emergingissues.org.