Featuring pre-seed or seed-stage rural tech startups from a variety of sectors, CORI's second annual Small Towns, Big Ideas virtual pitch event gave small-town entrepreneurs a national spotlight — and the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.
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The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) is announced as one of the partner organizations for the EDA's new Economic Recovery Corps program.
Federal grants and matching dollars represent a combined total of almost $12.9 million in new investment in rural innovation.
Effort aims to empower rural BIPOC communities to maximize the impact of federal and philanthropic funding to support the development of tech ecosystems.
CORI to work with community leaders in Nacogdoches to develop strategies and provide technical assistance through the Rural Innovation Initiative.
How the different definitions of “rural” used by the federal government paint vastly different pictures of rural places, and have major implications in both how stories are told and funds are distributed.