Research Triangle Showcases Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

January 23, 2014

N.C. State’s Entrepreneurship Initiative is featured on ID8 Nation’s web series that explores unique entrepreneurial ecosystems.  ID8 Nation visited the Garage last semester to speak with Dr. Tom Miller, senior vice provost for academic outreach and entrepreneurship, as well as student entrepreneurs, Owen Jordan (RESQD) and Suzanne Matthews (Soutenu Dancewear).  They discussed their ventures and the entrepreneurial culture among Triangle universities.

Jordan discussed the importance of universities working together so the Triangle becomes “one of the most innovative powerhouses in the nation.”

“Entrepreneurial programs have exploded at universities in the past few years,” added Dr. Miller.

The Research Triangle Region is the fourth city to be featured as part of an in-depth series on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s website, after Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle.

“The Research Triangle Park not only has a vibrant startup community to model, it is facing some challenges that other cities also might relate to,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “It’s that combination that makes the region so rich with lessons and so relevant to other communities. We hope this compelling coverage sparks a conversation within the Triangle and beyond.”

Watch the entire series here.  See the Entrepreneurship Initiative on “Tobacco Road Rapprochement” here.