NanoTecNexus has traditionally focused on the business-education ecosystem specializing in the field of nanotechnology and its impact on industry, academia and society. Since its inception in 2004 we have worked closely with innovative companies and cutting-edge academic research institutes to catalyze collaboration that accelerate advances in nanotechnology through its industry forums and services. See Heritage.
An exciting future is in sight. To help address challenges for nanotech education and help grow the next crop of innovators, NanoTecNexus has expanded its mission to bring nanotech education to K-12 students and the public at large. With a unique and eclectic model, we aim to create meaningful impact on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) front in a way that creates the most good for society.
Our New Mission:
To transform how individuals learn about nanoscience and inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM education and careers.
Vision for 2020:
To further the possibilities of nanoscience thereby producing the most good for society.
We will accomplish this as a nonprofit social enterprise. Three characteristics distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, nonprofits and government agencies:
- It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.
- Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a nonprofit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for profit enterprise.
- The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.