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Entrepreneurs in rural communities face different challenges than those in urban areas. A less dense population means there may be fewer resources available for startups, including affordable office space, access to mentorship and training, or even connecting with relevant stakeholder or market networks. In eastern North Carolina, the City of Wilson partnered with RIoT and Greenlight to create Gig East, a coworking space in downtown that is also home to a startup accelerator program and other entrepreneurship programming.

Rural Coworking Spaces: For More Information

The Challenge – What is the problem communities are facing?

The Solution – What is the innovative solution we want to highlight?

The Players – Who did what to make the innovative solution work in the community?

The Promise – Why do we think this solution holds promise for other communities?