Do North Coworking and NorthCountry Federal Credit Union present the second annual NEK Entrepreneurship Week on Oct. 12-17, 2020, this time in a fully virtual format. This week of free events will highlight local resources that can help entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives establish businesses right here in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, with events hosted by Do North Coworking, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Center for an Agricultural Economy, Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont, Spark at WonderArts, The Foundry, Sunshine Silver Lining, and The Work Commons.

Registration is open at NEKEntrepreneurshipWeek.com with a full schedule of virtual classes & workshops, innovation challenges, and inspiring panel discussions.

Do North Coworking created NEK Entrepreneurship Week with support from NorthCountry Federal Credit Union in the fall of 2019 to shine a light on the Northeast Kingdom’s rural ingenuity, and to help local entrepreneurs learn and be inspired by resources that are here to meet the business development needs of our community.

“Innovation and the creation of new small businesses are key to the future of our region's economy. If these events push an aspiring entrepreneur to take the next step in pursuing a new business idea, then we've been successful.” says Evan Carlson, Do North Coworking Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Full Event Schedule:

All events are free. Registration is required for most events at NEKEntrepreneurshipWeek.com.

Future of Forestry Hackathon

Kickoff on Monday, October 12th, with final presentations on Friday, October 16th at 5:00pm via Facebook Live

Co-hosted by Do North Coworking & Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Teams will spend an intense week working to ideate and develop a project to transform the forestry industry in Vermont. At the end of the week, each team will present their project to a panel of expert judges who will select winners and award prizes.

Bike Tech Build-Off

Kickoff on Monday, October 12th, with final presentations on Saturday, October 17th at noon via Facebook Live

Co-hosted by Spark at WonderArts & The Foundry Makerspace

Makers & creatives will gather in teams to imagine, design, and build functional prototypes to improve bike or trail safety and convenience, culminating in a fun, non-competitive presentation.

COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap, Virtual Office Hours

Tuesday, October 13th, noon - 1:00pm via Zoom

Hosted by Vermont Small Business Development Center

Are you a business owner wondering how to plan for the future? The VtSBDC COVID-19 Recovery Roadmap is designed to help you navigate your options. Sign up for a

one-on-one office hours session to work through questions specific to your business.

Starting A Food Business 101

Tuesday, October 13th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm via Zoom

Co-hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy & Center for Women and Enterprise Learn about the basics of running a specialty food-based business, how the Vermont Food Venture Center can support you, and other resources available, including in-depth business planning classes through the Center for Women & Enterprise.

A Day in the Life of a Young Entrepreneur in Vermont

Wednesday, October 14th, noon - 1pm via Zoom

Hosted by Vermont Small Business Development Center

Sarah Kearns of the VtSBDC will lead a lively discussion panel with several young business owners. She will also talk about the resources available to help in this area. Bring your questions and be ready to hear some good stories.

Panel Discussion: Championing Female Business Owners

Thursday, October 15th, 7:00pm on Facebook Live

Co-hosted by Sunshine Silver Lining & The Work Commons

Join Sunny Naughton for an engaging and inspiring conversation with three local female entrepreneurs to learn about how their work has changed in response to the pandemic.

Do North Coworking in downtown Lyndonville is a new Northern Vermont University-Lyndon economic development initiative that provides coworking space and business services for member entrepreneurs and remote workers. The space opened in November 2018 and currently has 20 regular members. Do North Coworking also offers fun and inspiring events that highlight stories of local entrepreneurs, and hosts entrepreneurship programming to help startups succeed. More information can be found at DoNorthCoworking.com, or by emailing Team@DoNorthCoworking.com.