The Morino Institute has been immersed in New Economy entrepreneurship nationally and in the National Capital region. We have played a pivotal role in the transformation of this region from a political center to a global technology power.
Building on our competency in the field of entrepreneurship, in 1997 the Institute created Netpreneur.org to nurture and cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem designed to stimulate economic opportunity and innovation in the national capital region. Netpreneur.org is a learning community with a mission to advance the success of New Economy entrepreneurs. It provides a venuethrough off- and online programs, events and serviceswhere entrepreneurs come to learn, connect, collaborate, grow their businesses and be inspired. It continues to be one of the essential drivers of entrepreneurial economic growth in the region. Netpreneur.org's success has demonstrated an economic expansion model that can stimulate entrepreneurial growth within a geographical region that is anchored by a cluster of related industries and that possesses the potential to grow to critical mass
In 1994, the Institute created the Potomac KnowledgeWay, which helped increase business and community leaders' awareness of the region's enormous potential to be a global leader in advanced telecommunications, content and Internet-related industries, and the new opportunities their convergence creates. The Potomac KnowledgeWay brought together business and other leaders to understand and capitalize on the region's potential to be the "Digital Capital" of the United States. The Potomac KnowledgeWay closed its doors in late 1999 because its mission had been realized. The Netpreneur program grew out of the Institute's efforts with the Potomac KnowledgeWay.