Young Entrepreneurs Find a Home in Raleigh

August 13, 2013 12:00 AM

Forward Impact is excited to announce the launch of their newest initiative, the ThinkHouse. Located in Downtown Raleigh, the ThinkHouse is a living and learning community geared towards students and recent graduates exploring their own entrepreneurial ventures.

The ThinkHouse will be home to a group of “Entrepreneurs in Residence” accepted through a competitive process. Over the course of their 9-month residence, ThinkHouse entrepreneurs will gain exceptional professional development experience through leadership training, mentorship by a Sponsoring Partner, and feedback from a peer advisory board as well as participate in volunteer initiatives throughout the community. The program seeks to accelerate the residents’ entrepreneurial growth, enhance their professional and personal networks, and contribute to our region’s innovative economy.

Co-Founders Jason Widen and Christopher Gergen plan to open a network of ThinkHouses in entrepreneurial hotspots globally.  The first location in Raleigh is made possible through the support of Brooks Bell and Jesse Lipson, who will also serve as mentors within the space, and through a partnership with local entrepreneurial space, HQ Raleigh. Says Bell, “The ThinkHouse is another step towards creating the supportive ecosystem for college graduates and young founders to stay in the area and build their companies – helping make this region one of the top five entrepreneurial communities in the country.”

“We are excited to provide emerging high-impact entrepreneurs and recent graduates with a springboard to explore their entrepreneurial passions and ideas,” says Co-Founder, Jason Widen. “This is a great opportunity for these young innovators to get the community support they need to turn their ideas into reality.”

For more information or to apply to be an Entrepreneur in Residence, visit http://thinkhouse.us/.

About Forward Impact

With a focus on unleashing the potential of next generation entrepreneurial leaders, Forward Impact helps create transformative educational experiences and environments. Current initiatives include HQ Raleigh, Bull City Forward, Queen City Forward, Leadership exCHANGE, Life Entrepreneurs, and the National Learning Collaborative. For more information visit http://www.forwardimpact.info/.

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