What we do

We work to inspire the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in Appalachia. We look for the hard-workers who step up to the plate when they need to. We believe those students are capable of bettering themselves and their communities in unique and creative ways, we teach them how. 

How we do it

We run 4-week summer sessions in Appalachian communities to expand the capabilities of high-school students to enter the marketplace with intentionality. Each summer students develop their local communities and their individual capacities to create change.


The Next Appalachian Innovation Leaders (NAIL) Initiative believes in inspiring the work of doers and entrepreneurs in everything we do. We’re dedicated to inspiring innovation and diversification in the region’s economy. As such, we aim to educate and retain as many young entrepreneurs in Appalachia as possible.

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