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The John Locke Foundation presents

Shaftesbury Society Is On Holiday Break
June 27 and July 4.


Shaftesbury Society Will Return July 11   

with our special guest

Brent Lane

Director, UNC Center for Competitive Economies

NC's "Crowd Funded" Economic Past

Monday, July 11th, 2016
12 Noon

John Locke Foundation
200 W. Morgan Street, Raleigh

Free Event Open to the Public 

About This Presentation 
While “crowd-funding” is thought of as a recent innovation, aggregating capital from small individual investors was critical to the wide spread industrialization of the North Carolina economy that occurred in the late 19th century. This “democratic capitalism” phenomenon enhanced both entrepreneurial capital access and the ability of small investors to participate in and benefit from resulting growth. Over the course of two decades between 1880 and 1900 this largely “home grown” entrepreneurial movement established the textile, tobacco and furniture industrial base that sustained the state economy for a century. Brent Lane, Director of the UNC Center for Competitive Economies will discuss state and local manufacturing promotion efforts of the latter 19th century – focusing on the prominent role of the “Cotton Mill Campaign”-  in creating an disaggregated economic geography with enduring societal and political significance.

About Brent Lane
Brent Lane is Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Competitive Economies (C3E) and an Adjunct Professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to joining the university his professional life bridged the worlds of venture capital, R&D commercialization and entrepreneurial development. For more than two decades Brent served as an investor and advisor to entrepreneurs at emerging technology and high growth firms companies from a broad spectrum of industries. That experience informed his subsequent work in the design and formation of innovative investment funds capitalizing on entrepreneurial opportunities in underserved geographic markets and industry sectors.. 

Shaftesbury presentations are free and open to the public. Lunch is not available for purchase at the presentation. You are welcome to bring your lunch.






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