Anticipated Project Timeline
Below is an anticipated timeline as to how InnovateNC can rollout in your community.
|Phase of Work||Participating Communities||InnovateNC|
|Hiring Inclusive Innovation Fellow (first month)||Recruit, approve, provide office, and support||Recruit, hire, train, place, and support|
|Forming a cross-sector Innovation Council (first month)||Identify leaders, commit to 18+ months, serve on committees, and contribute to final deliverables||Formation & governance structure, coordination/ facilitation support, national network|
|Systems Mapping |
|Support data collection, identify local data partners, feedback on Systems Mapping report||Leads process with national and local data partner; produces final report|
|Identify potential investments (months 4-5)||Provide planning venues; input on planning & implementation priorities||Leads design and delivery of process|
|Investment in Pilots|
|Raise investment funds for pilots & serve on investment review committee; ongoing support for funded pilots||Provide supportive investment funds for pilots & contribute to investment committee; ongoing support for pilots|
|Scaling of High-Impact Enterprises (based on progress)||Identify local impact investment funds & venture philanthropy to scale high-impact enterprises||Identify national impact investment funds & venture philanthropy to scale high-impact enterprises|
|Policy & Advocacy (ongoing through month 12)||Align municipal policy; contribute to attracting state-wide support||Technical assistance to align local policy; advocate for state-wide support; connection to national best practice|
|Story-telling (ongoing through month 12)||Local media support; attend national convening to help showcase work||Share stories across InnovateNC’s media channels and platforms; showcases case studies at state-wide convenings|
For greatest impact, we recommend that participating communities have a population density of over 10,000 people, a concentration of local resources that can be leveraged (i.e. community college/ university, existing economic cluster(s), transportation infrastructure, etc.), and readiness to participate and invest in a collaborative strategic alignment process.