Spark Tank 2023

Nov 30, 2023

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$No Cost

Ernest Co-Working - Asheville, NC

Join us to hear speakers and topics that include:

  • A special guest from the US Dept. of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) who will discuss their recent $2.3M investment in WNC! Learn what new support is available for entrepreneurs in the region.
  • Mike Arriola, District Director for the North Carolina Small Business Administration, will chat with us about the latest in SBA policies.
  • Meagan Coneybeer, NC Innovation Western Regional Director, will share updates about strategy and direction from Western Carolina University. Learn how building a culture of applied research and commercialization will bring more innovation, and tangible outcomes for WNC.
  • Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA, will join to celebrate the newest round of NC IDEA awardees and get folks thinking how they can best support innovative WNC businesses to make the cut next round!
  • Just announced: another round of funding has been awarded to support Opportunity Appalachia in 2024! I’ll share updates on the WNC Opportunity Appalachia projects that received funding and support in 2022-23, and we’ll start brainstorming projects for the next round.
  • And last but not least, we’ll welcome new Spark Tank co-chair Bob Rogers!

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