On April 19, Norwalk Community College President David L. Levinson, Ph.D. signed the President’s Entrepreneurship Pledge with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE). Presidents who have signed the Pledge have committed to join the NACCE and UP American (formerly the White House initiative StartUp America) to encourage economic growth through entrepreneurship.
President Levinson has committed to the NACCE Five Action Steps for Creating Economic Vitality Through Entrepreneurship to advance entrepreneurship in their communities, including:
- Create or Expand Internal and External Teams Dedicated to Entrepreneurship
- Increase Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Community Colleges
- Engage in Industry Cluster Development
- Leverage Both Community College and Community Assets to Spur Innovation and Job Creation
- Create Buzz and Broad Exposure of your College’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship
Norwalk Community College’s commitment to entrepreneurship was also reconfirmed at the Third Annual Idea Pitch competition held on April 26 in the NCC PepsiCo Theater. Sponsored by the Norwalk Community College Foundation, the Idea Pitch included presentations by 10 finalists who competed against 32 semi-finalists. Entrepreneurship is highlighted in the College’s recent Strategic Plan as a key goal and strategic priority.
NACCE is a member organization of more than 300 community colleges representing nearly 2,000 staff. Presidents, educators, administrators and center directors are focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus.
Through the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge, community college presidents commit to advance entrepreneurship in their communities and create an entrepreneurial culture on their campus and multiple access points to support local startups and small businesses.