Chapter meeting; Advancing Entrepreneurship in NC

Business Acumen



Allan Younger's presentation, "Advancing Entrepreneurship in NC," sheds light on the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in North Carolina's economic landscape. It emphasizes the influence of organizations like NCIDEA in supporting startups and fostering innovation. Through examples and initiatives, the presentation underscores the importance of aligning project objectives with broader economic goals and leveraging collaborative ecosystems to drive success. By showcasing success stories, Allan Younger inspires project managers to adopt effective strategies and best practices, nurturing a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship within their projects. 

  • Presentation Overview:
  • Introduction: Explore North Carolina's vibrant economic landscape, emphasizing the pivotal role of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on NCIDEA's contribution to fostering growth and opportunity across the state.
  • Impact of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Highlight the direct influence of NCIDEA's support on startups and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state through compelling examples.
  • NCIDEA's Mission and Impact: Discuss NCIDEA's mission and initiatives in supporting startups and driving innovation, emphasizing its role as a catalyst for entrepreneurial expansion in North Carolina.
  • NCIDEA Ecosystem: Examine NCIDEA's collaborative ecosystem, including partnerships with universities, access to capital through venture firms, and industry cluster synergies. Illustrate how these collaborations enrich the entrepreneurial environment.
  • Success Stories: Showcase success stories of North Carolina startups supported by NCIDEA, demonstrating its tangible impact on entrepreneurs and the state's economy.
  • Opportunities and Call to Action: Explore avenues for innovation and entrepreneurship in North Carolina with NCIDEA's assistance. Stress the importance of nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset and urge audience participation in strengthening the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Collaborative Opportunities: Emphasize collaborative efforts between NCIDEA, universities, venture firms, and industry clusters in supporting entrepreneurs. Encourage exploration of potential collaborative ventures within this ecosystem.
  • Opportunities for Involvement: Provide insights into upcoming opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in North Carolina, motivating active engagement and contribution to the state's flourishing entrepreneurial landscape.

Key Note Speaker (Allan Younger). Allan works for NC IDEA, a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina. He is the Senior Director of Programs and leads the Foundation’s programmatic priorities and partnerships. He is a true champion of entrepreneurs and values the power of community in leading equitable economic development. He serves as a member of the NC IDEA Senior Leadership Team in charge of overseeing all programs that provide education, training and mentoring for individuals seeking to start and grow companies in North Carolina. He leads program development, management and evolution for all entrepreneur programming; including the Foundation’s programmatic support for NC IDEA MICRO grant recipients and deployment of the Ice House curriculum through NC IDEA MINDSET. Allan also oversees the HBCU Programming Community of Practice that started in 2023. This coalition includes eight of NC’s 11 HBCUs who are committed to providing outstanding entrepreneurship support to their students, faculties, staffs, and communities.

Allan serves as a volunteer for the Winston Salem Foundation, HUSTLE Winston Salem, Emancipation Association, LIFE Winston Salem, UNC Black Alumni Reunion, State of Black NC, MBA Committee of Winston Salem State University, and the NAACP. More than a decade ago, he received clearance from the White House to serve on the regional appeals board of the Selective Service System. He’s an adjunct professor at Winston Salem State University, Shaw University, and Salem College. He is a life member of the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. He is also a life member of and chairman of a standing committee for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.


In person Networking 5;30PM to 6:30PM; Chapter event 6:30PM-8:30PM



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Type of category: Hybrid

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: May 14th, 2024

Hour: 5:30PM to 8:30PM

# of PDUs: 1.5


Students: $10.00

Members: $10.00

Non members and Guests: $20.00



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Greensboro, NC, 27406

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