Idea Generation/Next is designed to showcase innovative ideas from area women and people of color, currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial sector. Five entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a crowd of 175 people; then audience members were able to bid on their favorite ideas. At a luncheon hosted by IBM, more than $14K was raised in 15 minutes to support these innovators.
The entrepreneurs featured were:
- Laura Fenn: The Walking Classroom
- William Jackson: Village of Wisdom
- Maggie Kane: A Place at the Table
- Nate Myers: The Malkuta Project
- Zeydy Ortiz: NC Data 4 Good
Nate Myers and his multimedia workforce development program for teens, The Malkuta Project garnered the most money in the rapid, 15-minute fundraising push. He won an additional $5,000 award from United Way, along with two months’ free use of working space at the American Underground. Other entrepreneurs’ secured from $1,300 to $3,300 in funding from audience members.